Holidays in London: How to Find an Apartment for Rent
If you plan on coming to the British capital for a holiday, consider renting an apartment in the centre of the city. The majority of sights are centrally located, allowing you to save money on transport by exploring the city on foot. You can roam along stone streets of the old parts of London, passing the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Bridge and other attractions. The banks of the Thames are perfect for walking with a family, especially if you are travelling with children. Enjoy an amazing view of the city, as well as the many riverside attractions, including market stalls, the London Eye and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
Before getting there, of course, you’ll have to rent an apartment. It is a common mistake to think that these rentals are only available through sites like Booking.com or Airbnb. There are many more options beyond this narrow pool. Real estate agencies can provide you with a wide variety of apartments to choose from, and sometimes the selection is even better.
If you liaise with a landlord directly, tread carefully. Scammers often pretend to be landlords, taking money for properties that don’t exist.
How to avoid becoming a victim of scammers
- Search elsewhere on the Internet for the property you have found – using both the pictures (Google Image Search) and description (Google Search). If you find it somewhere else under a different name and phone number – you know what that means.
- Demand references from previous tenants. Give them a call!
- Ask for deed of ownership.
- Search for potential landlords on social media. Reputable landlords will always have positive reviews from satisfied customers on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. This will also serve to confirm the identity of the agency or landlord.
And when you do find a good property, don’t rush to sign a lease agreement. You should study it very carefully, ensuring there are no hidden fees or charges that will cost you extra money.
- Be ready to pay a deposit, which can range from 10% to 50% of the overall rental cost.
- Check the location – it should suit you and your family and the places you want to visit.
- Make sure the amenities meet your needs – is there Internet access in the apartment? Is it a non-smoking flat? Is it accessible by stairs, or is there a lift?
Finally, it’s always better to turn to the professionals to ensure a job is done right. Consult a real estate agency and let the experts bring you the perfect holiday home.