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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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Sounds like everyone has given you good advice. My major points I look at when I'm looking at apartments are, if I come home really late at night am I going to have to worry about getting mugged or caught in some gang crossfire (I'm not sure how crime is in London), on security I think someone already mentioned it, when I lived in Chicago I got burglarized twice, the first time I made a couple of mistakes, I lived on the first floor and should have thrown a red flag about my back door not being fitted in the door frame properly and that my window air conditioner wasn't secured properly, the second and most recent one wasn't my fault they actual broke down my door to get into my apartment.

Also I don't know if you guys have something like renters insurance like we have here, I would suggest it, that was the first thing the cop told me in first break in that I should get renters insurance, in the States usually the landlord only insures the physical building and it's your responsibility to insure your belongings against theft, fire, water damanage, and whatever else may happen to your stuff.

Another few things to look at is laundry, it seems like a very minor thing, but my last apartment in Chicago didn't have it in the building and I lived in a neighborhood that lacked anything but dry cleaners, at first I was trucking my laundry on two buses to go to the nearest laundry mat and then I bought a portable washer, but what I'm saying is that if you building doesn't have laundry make sure there is a laundry mat close by.

I'm trying to think of other things other than the fact to make sure that you like it enough to live out the lease and possibly another lease, again I'm not sure how leases are done for you guys, but the standard here is a year lease and usually they are tough to break unless your landlord is a slumlord (my first apartment had a water leaking issue right above my toliet mulitple times and it would take them forever to fix it and it was never enough to constitute breaking the lease, most major leasing companies know how to bend rules just enough) or you can sublease and find someone to take your lease over.

That's just my advice, I've moved a lot since I moved out of my parents for school, not as much as Hobbes, but I think it's been 5 times in the last 4 years and actually 6 if I count when I lived in the dorms and moved floors for summer housing, I only lived in my second apartment in Chicago for about a month and a half, I broke my lease because of the break in, but that was because I had a decent landlord and I kept bothering him about my safety.

Finally back to safety, I'm not sure if you lived on campus when you were at uni, but just good advice when it comes to living in a city is to always be aware of your surroundings and if something doesn't feel right follow your gut. I have certain rules I set myself to follow when I'm out late, I usually don't listen to my music after a certain time and try not flash my cell phone or any other vaulables out. I had a friend get held up in his neighborhood (one of the safest in the city), because he made a couple of mistakes one he was listening to his music late on his EL ride home, which he had big expensive Bose headphones, and he saw the people follow him when he transfered EL lines and they followed him all the way to his street. Needless to say the story kind of ends well after he was held up he ran up to his apartment called the cops and luckly the cops caught them and he got most of his stuff back, they had ditched some of his stuff. The sad part of the story is the one that actaully pointed the gun at him had just gotten out of jail for doing the same exact thing and out of the three others two were 16 year olds. Again I don't know what crime is like in London, I'm basing this on my experience in Chicago and NYC.

So I hope all of that helped and good luck, it's often about luck and stumbling upon a nice place and being in the right place at the right time. Sorry for the long post, but I'm just trying to give you some advice from my experience with renting and living out on my own.
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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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