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One of the main obstacles for anyone moving to a new city will be finding a place to rent. In the UK, this can be especially difficult, as flat prices are considerably higher than in the rest of Europe.
To start, it is necessary to know what space is required, and how much money one can afford on rent. Rental agents can be very helpful, and they are usually able to accommodate reasonable requests. These days, the internet has become another popular way to locate a flat for rent.
While rents vary among regions, prices are invariably higher in larger cities. Major cities have the advantage of available jobs, cultural activities and many international communities. They are also able to command the highest rentals.
The average rental for a flat in the UK is around £800 a month, with a one-bedroom flat in the center of London going for as high as £2,200 a month, although less expensive accommodations are available. If this kind of monthly expense is not feasible, there are other possibilities to consider.
First, of course, it is important to remember that the further away from the center of London or other major city one lives, the less money one will have to spend. Living twenty minutes outside of a city can make a huge difference in the cost of rents and can make a daily commute worthwhile. In addition, finding a flatmate to share the expense of an apartment and groceries may offer a viable means of living in one of the UK high rent districts.
At times, it may be necessary to become flexible. Renting a smaller flat than originally anticipated can save a lot of money.
Once suitable accommodations have been found, the renter must ensure that he or she is able to pay the rent owed. Failure to do so could lead to legal proceedings on the part of the landlord. Most landlords will require that a renter has a bank account and sufficient income before agreeing to a rental contract. If there isnít enough income, some renters will accept a guarantor, someone who signs a guaranty that the rent will be paid.
Also, it is important to have the required legal documents in order. If that is not the case, deportation may ensue.
Once a suitable and affordable flat is found, there is much about the UK to discover and enjoy.