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!