To rent a flat in London, potential renters should work with an estate agent who is a member of the Association Of Residential Letting Agents, try to build a rapport with the agent, and avoid only searching online to find a flat, according to Refinery29. They should also have a bank reference, an employment verification letter and personal references from past landlords before conducting their search.
Potential renters should register with a pet-friendly letting agency if they have pets, suggests Refinery29. They should also have the total cost of 4 to 6 weeks of rent and an additional 4 to 6 weeks of rent for a deposit, as well as payment to the letting agent for a reference check, flat inventory and tenancy agreement.
To expedite paperwork, potential tenants should be prepared to use digital services to sign documents and quickly return them to their estate agent, explains Business Insider. They may also have to take time off work to look at listings during business hours, and be prepared to immediately pay a holding deposit.
Potential renters who want to avoid paying an estate agent can look online for listings and can rent directly from a landlord, notes the London Evening Standard. This approach is beneficial if the tenant needs a flat for less than the minimum rental term, which is often 6 to twelve months. Websites such as Spareroom.co.uk and Mondaytofriday.com host listings for flat shares, which may also appeal to budget-conscious renters.