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post Sep 7 2009, 08:24 AM
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So I'm about to start my first real job and I'm planning to rent a flat in london (where the job is) ph34r.gif

I stayed at home with my family while at uni so I'm totally clueless about the whole thing...

Anybody got any advice? If you have any tips about what to look for when looking for flats, what questions to ask potential landlords etc. that would be really helpful smile.gif

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post Sep 9 2009, 12:45 PM
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Firstly: good luck!
Secondly: whereabouts in London are you settling down in?
Thirdly, to add to everyone else's excellent advice: if the estate agents seem dodgy, then check them out. Look them up on the business register, if they have a website then check it for content (i.e do they actually have properties on it?) and make sure you have the contact details of the agent you're working with.

Estate agents are jerks. However much they may seem nice, or amiable, they aren't- they are just trying to pressure you into doing what they want. If they ask for personal data for things like a credit check, then stop and think about what they are asking for: when I was looking for flats in May, a couple of friends and I had put down a deposit and were in the process of the credit checks. They had asked for a copy of my last tax return, because I am self employed, and got really snotty when I asked for their data protection reference number. In the end, the guy who ran the business said he didn't want us moving in because we seemed like trouble. Quite specifically that I seemed like trouble. However, you have rights, so stick to them!

Check how much the agents charge for admin fees, inventory fees etc etc. It can add up to a lot more than you would have expected, and on top of the deposit it can dig a big hole in your pocket.

Read the contract. You're perfectly welcome to, and if there is something you don't understand then get someone to explain it to you.

Check whether you'll be renting via the agency, or straight from the landlord and the agency just get a finders fee. The latter can be good if you want to do things like change the date when you pay rent (sweet talking one person is easier than sweet talking an estate agent), however if you just rent through an agency then you can usually be safe in the knowledge that they will do things by the book- you will have an emergency number to ring for plumbing/ gas/ electricity faults etc.

If you are shown a pretty grubby but gorgeous flat, then point out to them that you're interested but the state of it isn't acceptable. Most agencies will get places professionally cleaned before you move in, but it's always good to be on top of them about things like that.

As Mata said about the radiators, make sure they are there. Electric heaters eat vaaaast amounts of electricity and you won't want a big winter electricity bill. Also, check for double glazing and proper fittings to hang curtains. A blind may look pretty, but it doesn't keep out most of the light in the mornings, and it doesn't keep in the heat.

Halogen bulbs make everything look cool, but they also eat up lots of electricity.

There's probably more, but I think my post's big enough already.
Also, can I join the Hobbes/ Snoo party? I've moved 5 times in the last 2 and a half years happy.gif

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post Sep 10 2009, 05:35 PM
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QUOTE (Daria @ Sep 9 2009, 01:45 PM) *
Also, can I join the Hobbes/Snoo party? I've moved 5 times in the last 2 and a half years happy.gif

Sure thing! In the last 6 years I've made 7 "full" moves (i.e. staying somewhere I called 'home' for X amount of time). If I include non-"full" moves (i.e. the temporary arrangement of a bed or room for Y amount of time), then it's 9 times.

And I might yet still move again before the end of this year. Lucky I've got at least one friend who doesn't mind helping me lug stuff in and out of a van each year smile.gif
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- crazymat   Moving out & finding somewhere to live!   Sep 7 2009, 08:24 AM
- - Sir Psycho Sexy   Just make sure you'll have enough money to liv...   Sep 7 2009, 10:09 AM
- - Mata   Always check on what the expected bills might be a...   Sep 7 2009, 12:33 PM
- - WeeJ   Check out how much the Council tax will be. Bane o...   Sep 7 2009, 12:55 PM
- - elphaba2   Plumbing! Check for signs of water damage--any...   Sep 7 2009, 04:06 PM
- - crazymat   Thanks everyone! Lots of good advice, I will ...   Sep 7 2009, 05:36 PM
- - snoo   Ooooh moving out! I have moved many times in t...   Sep 7 2009, 05:39 PM
|- - Hobbes   QUOTE (snoo @ Sep 7 2009, 06:39 PM) I hav...   Sep 7 2009, 09:39 PM
- - CheeseMoose   Ugh. I'm seeing all this from the other side a...   Sep 7 2009, 11:20 PM
- - funked)out_frog   I don't really have anything to add apart from...   Sep 8 2009, 07:22 PM
- - Daria   Firstly: good luck! Secondly: whereabouts in L...   Sep 9 2009, 12:45 PM
|- - Hobbes   QUOTE (Daria @ Sep 9 2009, 01:45 PM) Also...   Sep 10 2009, 05:35 PM
- - Mata   Oo, good one. If possible, always go for double gl...   Sep 9 2009, 01:02 PM
- - crazymat   To answer some questions: I'm moving to west ...   Sep 9 2009, 01:57 PM
- - Mata   Oh, and take a digital camera so you can compare f...   Sep 10 2009, 12:45 PM
- - Cath   And a list of questions you want to ask dont rely ...   Sep 10 2009, 03:55 PM
- - Daria   I like moving house! I've moved 14 times i...   Sep 10 2009, 09:09 PM
- - crazymat   I hope so! On second thoughts I'm a bit ...   Sep 13 2009, 10:04 AM
|- - Hobbes   QUOTE (crazymat @ Sep 13 2009, 11:04 AM) ...   Sep 13 2009, 06:40 PM
- - snoo   Remember it's a lot easier to move from a smal...   Sep 13 2009, 07:06 PM
- - Daria   Last year at uni, my rent was two thirds of my inc...   Sep 13 2009, 07:16 PM
|- - crazymat   QUOTE (Daria @ Sep 13 2009, 08:16 PM) Sor...   Sep 14 2009, 11:16 AM
- - elphaba2   Fufu! Waaaant. Want. *ponders whether she ca...   Sep 13 2009, 10:01 PM
- - Daria   I found cocoyam fufu last time. It's pink and ...   Sep 13 2009, 11:41 PM
- - Mata   DEATH BY FUFU! /Futurama I mostly have a cupb...   Sep 14 2009, 12:15 PM
|- - TigerLily013   QUOTE (Mata @ Sep 14 2009, 08:15 AM) DEAT...   Sep 25 2009, 02:14 AM
- - Hobbes   Paprika. Always keep paprika in stock. The greate...   Sep 14 2009, 04:38 PM
- - WeeJ   K, so I came home last night to find the radiator ...   Sep 20 2009, 09:30 PM
- - Mata   This is where you find out how good your landlords...   Sep 21 2009, 06:16 AM
- - funked)out_frog   QUOTE (Hobbes @ Sep 14 2009, 05:38 PM) Pa...   Sep 21 2009, 06:40 PM
|- - Hobbes   QUOTE (funked)out_frog @ Sep 21 2009, 07...   Sep 21 2009, 07:26 PM
- - patback87   Sounds like everyone has given you good advice. My...   Sep 24 2009, 07:29 AM
- - crazymat   Thanks for the advice! I've found a flat ...   Sep 24 2009, 03:07 PM
|- - Sir Psycho Sexy   QUOTE (crazymat @ Sep 24 2009, 04:07 PM) ...   Sep 24 2009, 04:34 PM
|- - snoo   QUOTE (crazymat @ Sep 24 2009, 04:07 PM) ...   Sep 24 2009, 07:57 PM
- - patback87   It's good to hear you found a place. Even if y...   Sep 24 2009, 06:32 PM
- - Mata   Get contents insurance. Tescos do pretty decent ra...   Sep 25 2009, 12:53 PM
- - CheeseMoose   Ugh contents insurance. I was trying to get some a...   Sep 25 2009, 01:12 PM
- - crazymat   Yeah, I'm not looking forward to the lack of i...   Sep 25 2009, 05:26 PM
- - snoo   Direct line have 50% off home contents insurance a...   Sep 25 2009, 06:48 PM
- - elphaba2   Crowded cafes are your best friends. Think Starbuc...   Sep 25 2009, 07:35 PM
- - Daria   Yay for finding somewhere!   Sep 26 2009, 10:02 AM
- - crazymat   Argh contents insurance is confusing! How do I...   Sep 28 2009, 04:14 PM
- - CheeseMoose   You don't have to be that accurate about when ...   Sep 28 2009, 11:28 PM
- - Mata   2 weeks is actually pretty fast for turning on the...   Sep 29 2009, 06:16 AM
- - crazymat   Yeah I've got no idea... There's a pictur...   Sep 29 2009, 11:14 AM
- - Mata   Hmm... Sash windows and big lintels... It's tr...   Sep 29 2009, 01:00 PM
- - Lurker in the Dark   I call twenties on that. Also, don't leave you...   Sep 29 2009, 09:21 PM

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