For those of you who would like to have an apartment just for you in England, the solution is, as you might expect, rental. However, a rental can sometimes be quite expensive and it is therefore necessary to be well prepared and certain of your choice before starting. When I say you have to be ready, it means you have to know exactly what you want and you have to be up to date on prices, etc. For example, there is no need to look for an apartment in central London for less than £300 a month… Find out about the rates, prepare a range of rents you can afford, look at which city you would like to live in, in which districts (city centres, suburbs, etc.) and finally, be aware that most ads are posted in rents not monthly but weekly / “per week” (and yes, you were sure that some apartments were really cheap…). Finally, be careful about the charges, whether or not the bills are included in the rent because if they are not, you may be surprised by the amount once you are there.
Finding an apartment in England
Now that you are sure of your choices, you can embark on the great adventure of finding an apartment in England! To do this, many sites offer ads but favour serious and recognized websites such as For-Sale in order to avoid as many possible scams of all kinds as possible. All you have to do is indicate the region of your choice and here is a list of available apartments with the amount of rent, photos, a map of the location of the apartment and sometimes the bills.
You could also use word of mouth to find the home of your dreams, including through a friend’s friend or other means. Sometimes this can be very useful!
The most secure but also the most expensive way to go through an agency is still available. The latter, depending on its reputation, will cost you an average of £500 and will not be able to charge you until you have found a rental. The agency will search for your rental according to your means and the place you desire, will make the link between you and the owner and will protect you with the tenancy-agreement which will act as a preliminary rental contract with the names of the interested parties, the amount of the rent, the costs of the various services, how the rent must be paid, when, etc. Of course, this will not prevent you from making arrangements with the landlord on various points such as the day the rent is paid, for example. Be careful though, with malicious agencies who may ask you for a deposit that they will give you back if they can’t find you an apartment in England or those who ask you for any fees other than the agency fees themselves, they should be avoided.
To get your rental, what you need to know…
Once you have found your English rental, you now need to acquire it and believe me, it is not necessarily an easy task. If, during the first visit, you are directly confronted with the owner, know that it is better to have some money with you in order to give him part of the deposit and the first month’s rent as soon as possible. The demand is quite high in England so it’s a real struggle to get an apartment that many others want too. That’s why you have to know how to caress the owner in the direction of the hair with a small advance so that he can reserve the place for you. It is possible that despite this, the owner does not give you the keys to the apartment right away and only asks you to sign a contract that is not really official, but this is quite common practice in England. The paper is still authentic, so the apartment is yours. You should also know that the amount of the deposit can be very high since it represents 3 to 5 months’ rent, if not more. So have a lot of money on hand. All it does is protect the landlord if you damage the apartment or if you don’t pay your rent. But don’t worry, surety scams are becoming increasingly rare since in recent years, this amount has been in a protected account and the owner cannot take it without your agreement. In this case, you will be able to defend yourself if the latter refuses to return it to you when you leave. In any case, in order to avoid any risk, it is imperative that when inspecting the premises, which must be done in the presence of the owner and a witness, you check all the corners of the apartment and take your time, even if you are in a hurry. This inventory will be a major argument for recovering your deposit the day you leave the premises.
The rental contract
Your rental contract can be made either in writing or orally, but it is preferable to opt for the first option in case you do not agree on a point later on in order to have concrete proof. The latter must stipulate the date on which it was signed, your respective names, the address of the rental, the duration of the contract, the terms concerning the notice period, the day on which the payments must be made and finally, the amount of the rent. The rent can also be indicated per month but also per week and if this is the case, you will have to multiply this amount by 4.3 because we consider that there are 52 weeks in the year. This amount, which will be indicated on the rental contract, may not be increased by the owner throughout its duration, under penalty of being in breach. However, there is nothing to protect you from a possible increase after the end of this contract, so be careful with that. This contract is very practical because it stipulates that your landlord has no right to come and disturb you at home and must finance the external and common maintenance of the apartment. In itself, everything concerning toilets, shower operation, gas and electricity supply are at his charge and not yours.