Rent apartments

When you move to another country is one of the first tasks that you find a place where you will live.

If your employer or some friend does not arrange this before your arrival, then it is probably the best solution  to spend a few days in hostel. You can check here for price and everything else.

Once you are in the UK is Searching for adequate housing much easier.

To rent an apartment or house you need a lot of documentation and mush less for room. For room sometimes can be required only deposit. So, your next step is to rent a room.

To rent room you can look in the following link

easypoommate

spareroom

gumtree

Finaly, How to rent a property in UK?

1. Start looking for accommodation in UK on the internet.

            zoopla          rightmove

2. Decide on an area

Job,  school, transport, budget…….

3. Contact the agents or the landlords through their on-line adverts, check if the property they are advertising is available, and if you can arrange a “viewing”.

You must always view any property you are interested in before agreeing to rent it.

When you view a property ask the agent or landlord as many questions a possible such as:

  • availability- when is it available?
  • contract- what is the minimum contract?
  • deposit- what kind of deposit dose the landlord require? Will it be held in the Tenancy Deposit Scheme?
  • documentation & references- what does the landlord require?
  • furniture & equipment- what exactly (if anything) is included?
  • bills- what bills are you responsible for?
  • neighbours- who are the neighbours (any noisy students, any noise sensitive families with babies, etc.)?
  • neighbourhood- what is it like?
  • etc…

4. Once you have seen a property that you like, you have asked all the questions above and more, and you have decided to take it, you need to make an offer.

When you make your offer you also need to be absolutely clear about the following things too:

  • contract – what contract length do you want?
  • move in date – when do you want to start your contract and move in?
  • furniture & equipment – what precisely is included? Will there be an inventory (record of the exact contents of the flat)?
  • documentation- what exactly does the landlord require and when? Once you have made your offer the landlord may agree immediately or may want to negotiate the price or terms.

5. Once a landlord has accepted an offer the property you will need to pay a holding deposit.

Things to remember when paying a holding deposit:

  • make sure you have agreed and are clear on exactly how long the flat will be held for you
  • holding deposits are not refundable. If you change your mind and no longer want to rent the property the landlord will keep it.
  • make sure you get a receipt from the landlord or agent, showing the property address, the amount you have paid, the date, the rent agreed, the move in date agreed and all the other details that you have agreed on. Your holding deposit is then subtracted from your first rent payment.

6. Provide the documentation that you agreed on when you made your offer. This may include all or some of the following:

  • reference from employer- a letter or email from your work confirming your employment with them. Sometimes landlords will ask them to confirm your salary too.
  • reference from your current landlord- if you have been living in the UK.
  • bank statements- the landlord may want to see 3 months of bank statements to check that you are being paid your wages and are not in debt.
  • bank reference- some landlords ask for a letter from your bank confirming that you can afford the rent.
  • ID- all landlords will require photo identification to check that you are who you say you are!
  • credit check- some landlords will require you to be credit checked to make sure that you are not in serious debt.
  • If you have just arrived in London it will be impossible for you to provide many of these items so make sure that you ask the landlord or agent what is required when you view the property.

7. Before the move in date ask to see a copy of the contract or Tenancy Agreement that you will be signing.

Have a good look through it and check that the terms that you agreed when you made your offer are in there. If there is anything you are unsure or unhappy about speak to the agent or landlord immediately as this is a legally binding document and you must not sign anything you don’t understand or aren’t happy with

8. now what and when you need to pay.

This will be made clear to you when you negotiate your offer with the landlord/agent. Most landlords will ask for 1 month or 6 weeks rent as a deposit and the first months rent in advance. This will need to be paid before or at the time of signing the contract and checking in. If you are using an agent the landlord may ask you to pay the agent in advance then the agent will pay this to the landlord once the contract is signed. The deposit that you pay must be registered by the landlord or the agent in the Tenancy Deposit Scheme. This is a government run scheme that will deal with any disputes over the deposit when you tenancy comes to an end. As long as you have paid your rent throughout your tenancy and have not caused any damage to the property you should get your deposit back in full. Remember that when you pay your deposit and first months rent the landlord will require “cleared funds” before you can move in . Some transfers, especially from abroad, can take several days to clear so make sure that they are cleared in the landlords or agents account by the time you sign the contract.

9. Get the keys.

On the day that you have agreed to start your contract you will meet with the landlord and/or the agent to sign the contract and check in. Your references will have been checked and your money will have cleared. The landlord or agent may carry out an inventory of the property making a note of the contents and condition, but this will have been agreed when you make your offer. That’s it- you will now be able to enjoy your new property!

10. Pay your rent.

This will be agreed when you check in but generally it will be monthly and you will pay by standing order from your bank account directly to the landlord or to the agency.

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