So, you have found the job of your dreams in London, and you are starting soon?
Fear not, here is the ultimate guide to finding a rental place in London in no time (well, at least 4 weeks)!
Set up your timeframe: when are you starting your job? Do you want to move into your London rental before you start your job, or do you want temporary accommodation first, and then organise your home search?
We are assuming you will have the right to reside in the UK, either thanks to the passport you hold, or because your employer sponsors you and provides you with a valid visa. If not, you need to contact your employer first and foremost as they need to help you with that.
Whatever your timing, you will need to decide where in London you want to live.
Once you have defined your potential London neighbourhoods, and your rental budget, it is time to do the property search.
There are different types of rentals in London – you can be looking for the “classical” long term rentals, but you could also consider co-living options if you are keen to meet like-minded professionals in a community space, whilst keeping your independence and your own kitchen! Check out the differences between these two types of rentals.
Your objective will be to set up viewings for London rental properties in a short time frame, ideally one day – the market is extremely reactive, and you will not want to see one property per day, because by the time you see the property on Day 5, the first three will have gone already.
You do want to be able to compare areas and properties immediately, in order to make a quick but funded decision.
Before going to your rental viewings, you will want to understand how the rental process works – you will have to negotiate with the agent, so you better be well prepared. Check out our Renting in London FAQ to have all information in your hands.
Your negotiation is complete: you are now asked to pay a holding deposit to secure the property. Check out our FAQ about holding deposits.
You will also enter the referencing process, whereby you will be asked to present documents to the agent to prove your identity and credibility as a potential tenant.
Once this is completed, you will be sent a draft tenancy agreement: check out our guide to tenancy agreements.
A date will be set for you to move in. You will need to have paid all monies before that date, otherwise you can't move in, and there are no exceptions to this.
You will meet the inventory agency on site, they will complete the inventory and hand over the keys – that’s it!
You can move in and become a Londoner – well, not before you have read this guide to becoming a Londoner :-)
Good luck with your move to London!
If you feel like you might need some help – talk to us! We are always happy to have a chat and we love talking about London :-)!
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