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When it comes to renting in London, it can seem overwhelming with the high prices and an endless number of different neighbourhoods, each offering different pros and cons.
However, house hunting in one of the most thriving cities on Earth should be an exciting experience, so we thought we would come up with a handy top ten list to ease the burden on your rent hunt.
Narrow down your search
London is a huge place and boasts an almost endless number of different micro-communities within the city. Each neighbourhood comes with a different kind of price tag, so it’s important to narrow down your search. Do some research and find the areas with a good number of houses/apartments within your price range.
Vibe is important
As we mentioned above, there are a number of different micro-communities within London. For example, Shoreditch is going to have a very different vibe to Chelsea. It’s about picking what best appeals to you in terms of the neighbourhood.
Do you want a good nightlife?
Somewhere with people your age?
Somewhere quiet and peaceful?
Once again, research is important to find your perfect match.
Once you do find an area, street, or even property that catches your eye, it’s time to get your research hat on. You want to ensure that you: number one, don’t get ripped off and number two, increase your chances of finding a bargain. You should be doing research into the average price of a property of your size in the locations to ensure you pick the best deal.
Think outside the box
Struggling to find something affordable that catches you eye? Think outside the box and look at some of the quirkier properties that may put others off. For example, some flats above shops may not look like much, but actually boast more space for your money inside.
If you see that a property has been listed for a long time or you feel that it isn’t in the best condition, don’t be scared to haggle to see if you can get the rent down a bit.
Read the contract
A good rule in life, always read the contract in detail. Ask questions if you need to. If you want to be extra safe, have a legal advisor look over the contract just to be sure.
More people are leaning towards long-term tenancies as it increases the security for both landlord and tenant. Landlords may be willing to give you a better deal if you are staying long-term.