For anyone who decides to rent an accomodation London offers a variety of solutions , but this is a procedure that requires some knowledge of the technical and practical aspects of real estate branch, such as knowledge of certain specific terms or methods of payment. With this little guide we’ll try to suggest how to shun some of the most common problems related to the rent of properties in London.
First of all to make a distinction between the various ” areas of London .”
Probably not everyone knows that London is divided into several zones, starting from the center (city ) they are spreaded by rings to the far periphery. The logic would lead us to think that in the center ( zone 1 ) the houses are far more costly than in adjacent areas ( zone 2 or zone 3 ) . This fact is certainly true and very relevant to consider while renting a house or a room.
But what you have to take into account, besides the cost , is defenitely the proximity to the underground station (do not forget, London is served by 12 subway lines ), and to bus stop (unfortunately the metro closes around 24.00 while buses are available 24 hours a day). Last but not least, it is to consider the cost of the means of transport, which may vary depending on the individual needs.
For example, a weekly pass for the bus only to zones 1 and 2 costs about 10 pounds less than that one for bus+metro (again for zone 1 and 2). This means that if a person lives for example in zone 3 and has its working place in zone 2, very well approachable by bus , and does not usually go to the city center, there is no reason to rent a house in the center, or to buy weekly pass for the metro. For any type of “extra” trip by metro you can easily recharge your travel card ( Oyster card) for the desired amount .
So in order to rent apartments London which offers a lot of choice , and any of them must be evaluated and carefully annotated . Once you have determined the preferred area you can finally decide to viewing it. In this very delicate phase the knowledge of some aspects and terminology, used here in London might be nesessary.
First check if the property has signs of damp generally looking at the lowest parts of the corners ( the moisture is almost always affects from the bottom ). Then check the water pressure by opening both kitchen and bath taps. Once this is done make sure that the house has not fractures on the walls . A house with many fractures more probably falls under the moisture.
As far as to the rental costs concerns there are also some specific rules in London. In fact, the rent payed weekly and the deposit amount may vary, usually from 1 to 6 weeks.
Another detail to add is that almost all contracts provide a minimum length of stay. This is an aspect that should be always evaluated at the time of signing the contract , as according to it you can possibly negotiate the amount of the weekly rent. Finally there is ” Coucil tax” that might be usually presented as “utilities ” and may really make a difference
TIP: do not forget these aspects. Always make sure you have cleared up everything.