Hunting for London rooms to rent can be a bit frustrating if you don’t know where to look. The rents in London can be outrageous to newcomers in the city, often going double to what is asked for in other cities. However, it is still possible to find decent rooms to rent in this vibrant city. Here is a rough guide on how to go about it.
Get cheap temporary accommodation
You have to start somewhere. If you are new in the city, you will have to set up base quickly. If you already have a friend, you can crash there for a few days. You can use Crashpadder or Couchsurfing to get temporary cheap lodgings as you do your hunting.
Identify the area
If the city is still unfamiliar to you, the best thing is to ask for recommendations from friends and colleagues. You could also research the different regions of London on Google and other web resources. Be sure to have a look at the Office of National Statistics where they have data on different neighborhoods.
Some of the points to make up your analysis would be the commute distance, amenities and of course the rent. Typically, the further you are away from the city Centre, the cheaper the rents become, but you would have to consider the cost and time of the commute. If you will rarely be venturing into the City Centre, you have many affordable choices.
Looking for a house
Once more, the internet will be your greatest helper. There are several sites that list properties in London and the cities nearby. There is Gumtree which is one of the most popular but has a reputation for having dodgy listings. Others include Findaproperty, Primelocation and Rightmove.
You could also put your networks to good use and post an ad for house wanted. This could work very well if you manage to catch a private landlord.
If you are at the end of your tether and need to find a house fast, there are the real estate agents. They will have plenty of London rooms to rent but you will have to fork out some good money for proper services, sometimes commissions as high as 10% of the rent.
After identifying the rooms you want, the next step is to have a properly done tenancy agreement. Ensure that you have favorable terms and conditions on issues such as bills, tenancy deposit and notice of vacation. Also ensure to have a moving in inventory report prepared before you move in.