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How to choose your ideal rental flat in London

How to choose your ideal rental flat in London

If you have decided that you would like to move to London, then you are almost certainly very excited about the thought of it – however you will have to think about where you would like to live once you get there. Not many people can afford to buy in London, at least not right away, so renting is the perfect option. However, it is vital that you think about the property that you are choosing to rent, and this article will give you a few tips with regards to what you need to think about before choosing a rental flat in London.

The price

This is definitely the most important things to consider, as you may find that property is more expensive in London than you will have experienced anywhere else in the past. With this being the case, you need to work out your budget properly, and make sure that you aren’t spending too large a proportion of your income on rent alone. You will also need to think about bills, food and entertainment budgets.


Transport around London is generally excellent, but it is always worth thinking about your commute to work from wherever you are thinking about renting a property. Ideally, there should also be an alternative route just in case there are delays or strikes. If you ensure that your property is somewhere in the vicinity of a tube stop, you are thinking along the right lines.

How much space do you need?

With any property, you will need to make sure you have enough space, but in London particularly it is important that you don’t rent more space than you actually need. This will cost you a lot of money, so you should think about how much room you need, and how much you’re going to realistically going to need for guests. It’s easy to get carried away, thinking that you’ll get 10 guests every weekend, but on the whole this isn’t the case, so perhaps a 6 bedroom townhouse would be a little on the large side!

Check the inside of the property – carefully

Not all landlords take as much care as they should when it comes to the properties that they rent, and the state of the property when you view it will say a lot about their attitude as a landlord in the future. You should always check for damp, and take a look around to make sure that things aren’t broken. If there are issues, ask the landlord whether they would be willing to repair them before you moved in – and if the answer is no then it would be a good idea to look elsewhere.

Looking for a property in London can be incredibly exciting, but it is important that you do everything that you can to make sure that it is the right one for you. If you do this, and think about all of your options, then you are sure to come to the right decision, and this means that your new life in London is much more likely to be a happy and comfortable one.

Maggie Peters