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tips for finding accomodation in London

Hello,
I'm doing a reverse housing search for my niece from Geneva to central London.I was wondering if there are any people here( maybe someone from London) who would know of any way other than the traditional (real estate agents, social media groups etc..)to look for a home in central London Fulham.
I've looked through much all of the big rental companies online, FB groups, marketplace,social media and advice blogs so that's covered.Is there any other way I may not be looking at ? Such as embassy/ consular housing web boards(), expat web boards or anything else?
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Re: tips for finding accomodation in London

You've tried Rightmove? Thats the main one.

Edit: Craigslist?? https://london.craigslist.org/d/apar...ent/search/apa

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yes, thanks , I 'm wanting to look around at other options for finding accommodation in London
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Re: tips for finding accomodation in London

Sounds expensive to me but maybe this is what you are looking for:


https://www.gumtree.com/search?searc...ocation=London


I wanted to go to Edinburgh for few months and I searched for something cheaper than a hostel. I never had the courage to move, though.



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yes, thanks , I 'm wanting to look around at other options for finding accommodation in London
Sounds like you're trying to find cheap accommodation where it doesn't exist, and likely to land her in a dodgy situation. If Fulham is too expensive, try another area.

"Rents in Fulham can be pretty expensive and you might find yourself paying the same price for a twin share in Fulham as you would for a single room in a place like Acton or Willesden." https://www.stuckinlondon.com/london...ide/fulham.php
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Re: tips for finding accomodation in London

"Property Guardian", though perhaps not for someone new to London.


What exactly are you looking for, single flat, shared flat, how long.


Property garden, no pets, no children. No parties, usually limited how many visitors to your home
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Re: tips for finding accomodation in London

Rightmove is the main real estate portal, equivalent to homegate's position in swiss market. For shared accommodation try spareroom.co.uk or FB marketplace
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Re: tips for finding accomodation in London

There is a lot of student accommodation, more known around their age group or possible the Universities, Colleges know about them. Found this one on-line for your area


https://freshstudentliving.co.uk/pro...-orient-house/




some other stuff online not necessarily cheap


www.thisisvertus.com


http://www.universalstudentliving.co...palace-studios


www.chapter-living.com/properties/white-city
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Re: tips for finding accomodation in London

Try the following:

1) Zoopla - generally more London focused than rightmove
2) Spareroom.co.uk - more for students/recent graduates looking for their first place in London.

Also, unlike Switzerland, renting in London is a proper market place so you can bid any rent you like on an apartment and it's up to the landlord to decide if they want your money badly enough. Given current covid situation, I would start by (i) bidding with rents 15/20% lower than advertised, (ii) asking for no deposit requirement, and (iii) no 6-month break clause. You might find a desperate land lord who will bite and if they don't at least you have the starting point for a negotiation.

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Re: tips for finding accomodation in London

Rent is I believe usually paid calendar monthly in advance.
Deposit since Law change June 2019 is now capped at 5 weeks, unless over 50K a year rent, then 6 weeks. Deposit should be held in a safe thingy.


No idea what extras might be charged before moving in and out. Believe a lot of charges to tenants were dropped in 2019.


Apart from monthly rent, tenant is also responsible for Council tax, for a one bed about 115 to 130 a month, but depends on the Borough Council. Though if single occupancy one might be able to apply for 25% discount.


Utilities often paid by tenants in addition to rent, gas, electric, water, telephone/Wi-Fi, but sometimes these things or some are included as when a block might also have other extra facilities, gym swimming pool, security, cleaners, gardeners.. I believe that is happening with some new builds specifically for renting only


Sizes of flat start at Studio, (means bedroom and living room is one, sometimes the kitchen is also part of that room. Bathroom, probably no bath but shower is usually a small separate room.
One bedroom means separate bedroom and living room, size of kitchen and bathroom will vary. Others vary, a three bedroom, might have two living/reception rooms, might have more than one bathroom, might not.



Some flats rented furnished, some unfurnished. Though think many are semi furnished, cooker, washing machine, fridge/freezer dishwasher will depend if room, some have, some not. One flat rented decades ago, I had to put down the carpet before moving in -though that was a tad unusual.



Other items to look at, access to garden, balcony, bike parking, car parking. Maybe have some, maybe have non.


I do believe flat with either access to garden or balcony will hang around now after effects of Covid restrictions.


I am not sure about prices, a landlord told me they were not as lucrative as 10 years ago. He rented out his within a two to three weeks of previous tenant departure. He spruced it up a bit, mainly refreshing. As it had access to garden and in good location, was able to increase rent 15%, if times had been better he would probably have gone for 30 to 35% increase.


The agents for an area should know the prices, though I guess it maybe if many tenants keep offering lower, they may suggest to the landlord to decrease a bit. Same time if desirable I would not expect it to hang around.


'Student rental Fulham' brought up these sites by my search engine:-



www.accommodationforstudents.com/london/fulham


www.spotahome.com/for-rent/london/fulham-student-flats
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Re: tips for finding accomodation in London

for rentals, check out classifieds such as loot and gumtree. they were still strangely popular when i was in london years ago and might still be relevant.
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Sounds expensive to me but maybe this is what you are looking for:


https://www.gumtree.com/search?searc...ocation=London


I wanted to go to Edinburgh for few months and I searched for something cheaper than a hostel. I never had the courage to move, though.



Good luck for your niece!

Thanks very much; I know Gumtree ,it's quite good!
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Sounds like you're trying to find cheap accommodation where it doesn't exist, and likely to land her in a dodgy situation. If Fulham is too expensive, try another area.

"Rents in Fulham can be pretty expensive and you might find yourself paying the same price for a twin share in Fulham as you would for a single room in a place like Acton or Willesden." https://www.stuckinlondon.com/london...ide/fulham.php

Thanks, I am looking at all the possibilities for finding her a home in Fulham as she likes the area and has friends there.
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"Property Guardian", though perhaps not for someone new to London.


What exactly are you looking for, single flat, shared flat, how long.


Property garden, no pets, no children. No parties, usually limited how many visitors to your home
She's looking to find a home;3 beds,2 baths with an outside area as she is now working mainly from home with the company she works for and would like an office(hence the 3rd room)-it's long term as in open ended lease.She already is in London but works a lot and doesn't have much time to look.Thanks, I'll have a look at property guardian.EDIT: I'll rephrase the "open ended " lease- I think these london leases have an option for review after a year or a break in lease contract possibly.I don't know her details-it's just she's not looking to stay short term.

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Rightmove is the main real estate portal, equivalent to homegate's position in swiss market. For shared accommodation try spareroom.co.uk or FB marketplace
Thanks for this!
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Try the following:

1) Zoopla - generally more London focused than rightmove
2) Spareroom.co.uk - more for students/recent graduates looking for their first place in London.

Also, unlike Switzerland, renting in London is a proper market place so you can bid any rent you like on an apartment and it's up to the landlord to decide if they want your money badly enough. Given current covid situation, I would start by (i) bidding with rents 15/20% lower than advertised, (ii) asking for no deposit requirement, and (iii) no 6-month break clause. You might find a desperate land lord who will bite and if they don't at least you have the starting point for a negotiation.

Best of luck.

Thanks very much for this and I'll send her this information .
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for rentals, check out classifieds such as loot and gumtree. they were still strangely popular when i was in london years ago and might still be relevant.
thanks for this ; I didn't know of the loot website.
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Re: tips for finding accomodation in London

What is her price range. A three bed in Fulham will be 2.5-3k at least
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Re: tips for finding accomodation in London

To clarify my initial thread starter, my niece is already living in London and looking to move to Fulham. I just thought there might be someone on this forum who knows( and maybe lived in London) and had some other search ideas.
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What is her price range. A three bed in Fulham will be 2.5-3k at least
Her budget is about 2750k pcm.
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