2. GET A GOOD DEAL
2A. WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR
2B. CONTRACT CHECKING
2C. MAKING AN OFFER

MAKING AN OFFER

You don’t have to take the first property you see. The best way to understand what represents a good deal is to look at a lot of properties. Try and get as many as possible of your prospective housemates to come along to each viewing with you.

Bring a notebook with you and take pictures. That way you can list any repairs required – or any furniture you need – as part of your written offer.

You don’t have to offer the asking price. You could always offer a bit less.
Sometimes the landlord will accept a lower offer to get a good tenant.

HOW TO NEGOTIATE

When looking for somewhere to live, try not to go for first property you see. Viewing a few will give you an idea of what you can get for your money- you don’t have to settle on somewhere straight away as there are always more properties available in London.

Another top tip is to make a lower offer than what’s listed. Estate agents will often show you properties at the top end of your price bracket, or even a bit above. If you end up liking one of these properties but you don’t like the price then make a lower offer. If it’s been on the market a while, landlords are more likely to accept it, it doesn’t always work but it’s worth a try!

Make sure you get any negotiations that are agreed with your landlord in writing

Here’s an example of the kind of requests you can make to your landlord in addition to your contract. You can download a template below to convey your requirements to the landlord.

Download our tenancy addendum template

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