Accommodation in the UK
In the UK, you have the option to either buy or rent a home. Purchasing a property can be a lengthy process, so you may need to rent ahead of completing your move.
Points to be considered before you rent a house:
Is the landlord or letting agent trying to charge any fees?
For how long do you want the tenancy for?
You can ask for a tenancy to be any time between 6 months and 7 years. This has to be agreed with the landlord.
What can you afford?
Think of how much rent you can afford. Usually, 35% of the take-home pay is the maximum that many people can afford. But this depends on what your other outgoings are; for example, whether you have children.
Are you entitled to Housing Benefit or Universal Credit?
If so, you may get help with all or part of your rent. If you are renting from a private landlord, you will receive up to the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate to cover or help with the cost of the rent.
Which area would you like to live in, and how are you looking for a rented home?
The broader the area in which you are willing to look, the better your chances of discovering the perfect home.
Do you have your documents ready?
Landlords and agents will want to verify your name, immigration status, credit history, and job status, among other things.
Do you have the right to rent property in the UK?
Landlords are responsible for ensuring that all tenants over the age of 18 who reside in their property as their primary or sole residence have the legal right to rent. They will need to duplicate your documents and return them to you.
Will you need a rent guarantee?
Some landlords might ask someone to guarantee your rent.
Cost of Accommodations for rent:
In the United Kingdom, accommodation cost varies from place to place. The rental prices in the UK depend on where you like to live and the type of apartments you want. To minimize the expenses you can share your accommodation or house. Usually, the accommodation expense in UK is £250 to £700 per month per person. In major cities like London, Manchester is more expensive compared to other places in the United Kingdom. The average hotel costs in London for a single room is £50 to £300 per day and for a double room £75 to £450 per day.
When you opt to rent, there are two options:
Option one is to live in a shared property. Shared accommodation allows you to cut the cost of rent and utilities in exchange for a single or a double bedroom. Other facilities such as the living room, kitchen, bathroom and garden are all communal.
Option two is to rent accommodation of your own. It means you must pay all costs, but no need to share facilities.
Rental flats (apartments) or houses can be furnished or unfurnished. Furnished accommodation usually includes a bed, wardrobe, kitchen appliances and a sofa.
The best way to find accommodation to buy or rent is by using a local estate agent. There are usually several agencies in towns and cities, mainly located on the high street. You can also conduct your own searches for property to buy or rent on the internet.
A biometric residence permit (BRP) can be used to confirm you’re:
Right to study or work in the UK
Right to any public services or benefits you’re entitled to
You do not have to apply separately for a BRP.
You’ll usually get a BRP if you:
Apply to come to the UK for longer than 6 months
Extend your visa to longer than 6 months
Apply to settle in the UK
Transfer your visa to a new passport
Apply for certain Home Office travel documents
BRP will include:
Your name, date and place of birth.
Your fingerprints and a photo of your face (this is your biometric information).
Your immigration status and any conditions of your stay
Whether you can access public funds, for example benefits and health services.
You may have a National Insurance (NI) number printed on the back of your BRP. Not all BRPs have this – it depends on factors like the date it was issued and your visa status.
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