5 Things To Know Before You Rent In London


At the end of July, I secured my first graduate job in London. As I'm originally from Birmingham, I had to very quickly plan how I was going to live in London, the commute time etc. Luckily I had friends in London to help me decide what areas were cheap but safe, if I needed tenants insurance such as HomeLet and that I needed to be somewhere near a tube station. I was also lucky enough to be able to say at my two best friends house in Fulham whilst I found a place of my own. However, it wasn't all easy as pie. The first house I rented was an absolute disaster, so 3 days later I exited that house and moved back into Fulham (shout out to Molly & Saoirse you utter babes). That very day I was back on sites like Spare Room and finally, after a stressful month, I was ready to move into my own gorgeous place in September. It's safe to say I have my #RentingRules for ensuring you find your perfect place in London.

1. Get advice from your fellow Londoners If you have friends, family or acquaintances in London, use them for their knowledge. They'll know where the good areas are, where's the cheapest area and what areas to avoid. If you're moving to any new city it's always best to get advice, after all, you don't want to be potentially unhappy in your new home!

2. Check different renting sites
My personal favourites are RightMove or SpareRoom. I found my flat mates on spare room, and we found our lovely home on right move. If you don't want to pay agency fees, I highly recommend searching on SpareRoom, in a hope you can find a private landlord, it'll definitely save you a few bob. It's also worth checking out sites HomeLet once you've found a place to live, to make sure all your belongings are safe in your new home.

3. Have a look around the place Before you put your deposit down and sign the contract, you should make sure you get a look around your new possible home. Make sure you find out about the little nooks and crannies such as the water pressure, council tax band, storage space etc. Trust me, you'll regret it if you don't!

4. Read contract thoroughly Make sure you go over the contract a few times to ensure you haven't missed out some hidden rules and fees. There's nothing worse than signing a contract then realising you can't do certain things/can't move out till a certain date.

5. Meet your new house mates before hand If you're moving in with new strangers, make sure you meet them before hand. Go for a quick drink, get to know who you're going to be spending the next year with. After all, you want to be 100% content with your new home and new life.

If you're a Londoner, what tips would you give to London newbies?

*This post is in collaboration with HomeLet

1 comment

  1. I rented in London for about 15 years ( now owning my own house with Husband) and my advice is to be remember as a good flatmate by that I mean be kind, be supportive , be the one that help cleaning etc and is not loud by putting loud music at 2 am on a week day. Be that person that everyone would remember in a positive way . I have actually a post about my experience in house / flat share in London if you wish to read it here it is below:


    Good luck with your life in London. This city is amazing .


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