Published on : 05 March 20192 min reading time
Once you have found your English rental, you now need to acquire it and believe me, it is not necessarily an easy task.
If, during the first visit, you are directly confronted with the owner, know that it is better to have some money with you in order to give him part of the deposit and the first month’s rent as soon as possible.
The demand is quite high in England so it’s a real struggle to get an apartment that many others want too. That’s why you have to know how to caress the owner in the direction of the hair with a small advance so that he can reserve the place for you. It is possible that despite this, the owner does not give you the keys to the apartment right away and only asks you to sign a contract that is not really official, but this is quite common practice in England. The paper is still authentic, so the apartment is yours.
You should also know that the amount of the deposit can be very high since it represents 3 to 5 months’ rent, if not more. So have a lot of money on hand. All it does is protecting the landlord if you damage the apartment or if you don’t pay your rent. But don’t worry, surety scams are becoming increasingly rare since in recent years, this amount has been in a protected account (deposit protection) and the owner cannot take it without your agreement. In this case, you will be able to defend yourself if the latter refuses to return it to you when you leave.
In any case, in order to avoid any risk, it is imperative that when inspecting the premises, which must be done in the presence of the owner and a witness, you check all the corners of the apartment and take your time, even if you are in a hurry. This inventory will be a major argument for recovering your deposit the day you leave the premises.