Viewing the flat - What to look out for

Article reviewed: 2013/01/28 | Next review due: 2014/08/16

If you like the look of a place on an ad, reply to the ad ASAP as these things sometimes go very quickly.

Tenancies often get filled on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and it is common to see a number of people viewing the flat at the same time as you.

If you like the place when you see it, it is wise to come with the deposit ready, or at least £100-£200 to confirm your interest. In exchange for this payment, you can agree with the landlord that he will reserve if for you before anyone else takes it!.

The demand is so strong that all flats for rent find tenants quickly enough, so be prepared to act quickly. Karim remembers his first flat in London:

I visited the room and the landlord told me that if I wanted the room I could give him a £300 deposit now and he’s confirm I had the room. I gave him the money and he signed a pseudo agreement, and a week later I got the keys and moved in.

Whilst the ‘money upfront’ idea sounds like a scam, this is standard procedure for a flat that is very sought after and is to be let quickly.

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