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Tips for Tenants

Where to live in London: A guide

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 08/21/19

When planning on moving to the Big Smoke, or simply deciding to move to a new area, it can be difficult to figure out where to live in London as the huge amount of choice can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know the city very well. Whethe...

Where to live in London: A guide

Where to live in London: A guide

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 08/21/19

When planning on moving to the Big Smoke, or simply deciding to move to a new area, it can be difficult to figure out where to live in London as the huge amount of choice can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know the city very well. Whether you’re looking for accommodation in East London, West London, North or South, there’s something for everyone. Students With universities all around the city, students in London are all spread out, just like student housing in London is too. Stud...

 House rules to roommate agreements: A guide to life as a flatmate

House rules to roommate agreements: A guide to life as a flatmate

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 08/13/19

Whether moving in with people you already know or with complete strangers, flatmate life can be a great experience, but also sometimes a messy one if you’re not careful as living in close quarters can often lead to the odd argument. However, if you follow our tips, you’ll be living in harmony. Set house rules By setting house rules right at the beginning, everyone is on the same page from day one regarding what is expected of themselves and each other. These can include who does which chor...

What to include in your house viewing checklist

What to include in your house viewing checklist

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 08/01/19

If you’re looking for a room, house or flat, it’s likely that you’ll want to go see the property before you sign the rental contract. This might be daunting, especially if it’ll be the first time you’ve gone to a viewing, which is why we’ve created this house viewing checklist to ensure you know everything you need to ask and look for. Things to look out for Potentially the most important part of this house viewing checklist, the things you see (and often hear) can be the biggest tell-tale...

Rental law: Things to look out for when signing a rental contract

Rental law: Things to look out for when signing a rental contract

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 07/26/19

When renting somewhere new, contract signing might be the most important part of the process because once a rental contract is signed, there’s no going back. Nobody wants to brush up on their rental law knowledge, so we’ve written this guide to help you look out for the most important parts. The Basics While the basics are just that, these are the details that could have potentially catastrophic repercussions if there’s been a mistake made. According to gov.uk, your rental contract should ...

Moving abroad: what you need to know

Moving abroad: what you need to know

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 07/17/19

Although moving abroad is an exciting change in your life, it can also be a daunting one, especially if you’re overwhelmed about organising what you’ll need to do before you go. To help you feel more in control and to speed up the cultural adaptation process, we’re giving your our top tips and essential things you need to know. The essentials There are some things that you have to do that are vital in preparing to move abroad. For example: Find out if you need a Visa to move to the coun...

What you can do if you need help paying rent

What you can do if you need help paying rent

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 06/21/19

There are many reasons people can need help paying rent, from changes in financial situations to spending too much on shopping sprees, but it’s best to get ahead of it to avoid rent arrears where possible. However all is not lost, we’ve put together this guide to help you figure out what to do. Talk to your landlord as soon as possible As soon as you realise that you won’t be able to pay your rent on time, tell your landlord. By being open and upfront, they may be more lenient. Explain to...

Rent budget

Tips on figuring out how to set a budget for rent

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 04/18/19

Whether you’re a first-time renter or you’ve been renting for years, figuring out how to budget for rent can be difficult. There are so many things to consider: from the obvious, like rent prices, to the ones everyone always forgets, like phone bills. However, Roomlala is here to help you figure out how to set a budget and put these worries behind you. How to set a budget: what do you need to pay for each month? Unfortunately, rent prices aren’t the only living expenses that you need to ...

Roommates When Abroad: A Good or Bad Idea

Roommates When Abroad: A Good or Bad Idea

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 03/04/15

Dreaming of roommates like those in “Auberge Espagnole?” Ones that will lead to you taking part in an enriching community? Words fail to describe how many benefits there are to an experience such as this. They can also fail to describe the nightmare that can ensue if some basic rules are not followed. Although there can be difficult moments, they can be avoided, and quite frankly, they are not that different than those of any other living situation. The risks of having a nightmarish experien...

old or new home

Renting a Modern or Older House: Which to Choose?

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 12/04/17

The search for a home inevitably raises the question of whether it is better to rent in an old or newly-built property. Between the charm of the old and the latest gadgets of the new, the choice can be difficult. To help you in your search for accommodation, we have put together the advantages and disadvantages of these 2 options. The pros and cons of living in an old house There is nothing quite like the character of a wooden staircase and exposed beams- renting an old property allows to ...

Why share your wifi with your neighbours

Sharing your Wifi with your Neighbours: the Pros and Cons

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 11/30/17

To reduce monthly costs or simply if you get along with a neighbour, it is possible to set up a wifi share. Internet connection sharing can indeed make sense to avoid the multiplication of subscriptions, but nevertheless, this practice is not without a few risks. What is the impact on the speed of the wifi? Sharing your wifi with a neighbour will definitely effect the speed of the wifi, whether you have a fiber connection or not. Be aware that for normal internet browsing, with little audi...

'Cheap Homeshare' on Google...

What comes up when you type in 'Cheap Homeshare' on Google...

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 11/14/17

For some time, with the rise of the phenomenon of homeshares, one of the major players of the sharing economy, many Google searches using the words "cheap roommate" have been listed. What are the results that emerge from this search? What types of adverts can I fall upon? What do you need to know about the different homesharing sites? Here's an overview of a well-conducted search for a future roommate. Small adverts between individuals Some house share sites hardly moderate the adverts and...

 How to avoid traps and scams

The Accommodation Hunt: how to avoid traps and scams

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 07/28/15

Nowadays, finding accommodation can be a very daunting task, be it for the new university year, or any other reason. You’ve got to find ad, phone people and prepare a dossier: it’s a long process that requires thought and patience, above all when trying to avoid falling for a trap or scam. Rental Scams Essentially, the key to not falling for a trap or a scam is to ask yourself the right questions. It could be, for instance that you find accommodation, you prepare a dossier to secure it...

Find a Spare Room in Barcelona

Find a Spare Room in Barcelona

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 10/11/16

The sun, the tapas, the unique culture... Barcelona has a lot to offer tourists and those who wish to study or live in the city. However housing prices in the Catalonian capital are high. If you're thinking about moving to Barcelona, then why not rent a spare room? Read about all the perks and how you can go about renting a spare room in someone's house in Barcelona. The charms of Barcelona Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city that has everything for everyone. With its golden beaches just ste...

Rent out Your Place When on Holiday

Rent out Your Place When on Holiday

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 05/27/15

Did you know that you can make that seemingly unaffordable holiday affordable by renting out the accommodation that you use during the most part of the year? It’s easy! Before you get started, there are some important things you should know. Even students can do this- life as a student is expensive, and also can be a lot of hard work, but neither of these reasons should mean that you shouldn’t take the opportunity to go on a little getaway. You deserve it! Is Subletting Legal? The short a...

Rules for a Successful Flatshare

Ten Rules for a Successful Flatshare

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 02/04/15

Summer's nearly over, and everyone is going, or has gone, back to school for the new acadmeic year. For many, this means moving into a new apartment and acquainting oneself with a new living space, and sometimes even new people. For some, this can be very nerve-wracking, especially if the person that will be sharing your space is a complete stranger. This is why we at Roomlala have compiled a list of Ten Rules for a Successful Flatshare to make it that little bit easier for you, and here they ar...

Energy Saving Tips

Energy Saving Tips

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 03/11/15

Reducing your energy consumption isn’t just good for the environment, but it’s good for your pocket too! That’s why we’ve compiled a list of several simple things you can do to reduce your electric bill’s impact on your wallet, as well as your impact on the environment: Things You Can Do to Lower Your Consumption Turn off the lights! This is the simple one! When you leave a room, turn off the lights! It’s as easy as that. A simple step like this will save you a lot of money in the long run...

Signing a tenancy agreement

The different types of tenancy agreements

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 06/30/17

A tenancy agreement is an agreement between the landlord and the tenant which outlines the rights and responsibilities of both parties. This can a written or verbal agreement and must be agreed on by both sides. An agreement will outline which repairs each party is responsible for, your right to ‘quiet enjoyment’ of the property you let, and how each side can terminate the contract. An agreement can be for a fixed period of time or ‘periodic’, meaning it will be renewed on a weekly or monthly ba...

Moving out: inventory check-outs

Moving out: inventory check-outs

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 06/27/17

An inventory is a comprehensive overview of the condition of a property before the arrival of a new occupant or before their departure. These inventories are incredibly important and can be vital for protecting a tenant’s interests. Here are a few things to think about before conducting your check out to avoid mistakes and prevent your landlord taking advantage of you. What is a check-out inventory? An inventory is a document which describes the condition of the accommodation in detai...

Moving house: should I ask for help from pals or professionals?

Moving house: should I ask for help from pals or professionals?

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 05/24/17

Most of us have moved house or helped someone else move house at some point in our lives, even if it was just lugging a few boxes down into a car. An alternative solution is turning to professional removals companies, which has its advantages. If you’re about to move and can’t decide between asking for help from your friends and family or a professional company, here are a few things to consider. Removal companies: a high quality service – at a price Moving house requires a lot of planning...

Moving house on a budget

How to move house on a budget

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 04/05/17

The costs of moving house can often suddenly pile up. Whether you’re moving across the country or moving down the road, it’s important to organize yourself and prevent unnecessary costs. Here are our 10 tips for a cheap, easy move. Tip 1: Choose your method carefully First things first, you must choose how you’re going to move house. You can call on your friends and family and rent a car or van through various sites, which is often the cheapest option. However, you must consider how you’re g...

What to do if your landlord doesn't give back your deposit

What to do if your landlord doesn't give back your deposit

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 03/29/17

A deposit, sometimes called a guarantee or damage deposit, is a sum of money collected by a landlord at the start of the tenancy for security against damage or non-payment of rent. It protects the landlord against damages or degradations in the property caused by the tenants and unpaid bills. A description of what the deposit covers should be provided by your landlord, whether in the tenancy agreement or another document. If you are affected by a dispute surrounding your deposit or the non-refun...

Mistakes to avoid when preparing to move

Preparing to move: mistakes to avoid

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 03/01/17

Preparing to move house is a daunting tasks, but a necessary one. Even the most laidback, carefree soul needs to think through their move so that all goes well on Moving Day. Here is a list of the most common mistakes to avoid if you want to minimise stress and avoid disaster on the day. 1. Don’t forget your admin Moving house is not simply packing boxes and moving to another place. It might be the least fun aspect of the adventure that is moving house, but there are some crucial things ...

Furnished or unfurnished?

Furnished or unfurnished: Which is best?

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 01/24/17

Looking for an apartment can be a daunting task: you have to spend so much time and energy in order to find the perfect place. There are so many choices you have to make, for example, should you choose a furnished or unfurnished rental? Check out our tips below to see the various advantages and disadvantages in choosing these types of rentals. Furnished rentals Furnished rentals are often hard to come by. A furnished rental is an accommodation which includes the furniture and equipment whi...

Rent Out Your Accommodation During the Holidays

Rent Out Your Accommodation During the Holidays

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 12/08/16

The holidays are rapidly approaching and a lot of you are already planning to celebrate Christmas and New Year away from home. As a result, your house or flat will be empty during this period. Here’s an idea: rent it out and make some money from it, you can give yourself another gift; a little bit of extra income! High Demand over the Holiday Period If you’ve thought about going on holiday for a few days over Christmas, you’re not alone. As a result, lots of people are looking for a simp...

Roommates from Cult TV Shows: The Big Bang Theory

Roommates from Cult TV Shows: The Big Bang Theory

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 11/16/16

The TV series “The Big Bang Theory” follows the lives of three geeky protagonists and their colourful personalities, and each one of them is a real character. We’re zooming in on the two main characters, Leonard and Sheldon and their famous apartment sharing experience. Penny, the attractive neighbour Penny moves into the apartment just opposite Sheldon and Leonard’s right at the start of the series. She has come from California to try her luck as an actress and to work as a waitress at ...

Get on Well with Your Landlord

Advice on How to Get on Well with Your Landlord

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 09/27/16

In order for a rental agreement to go along smoothly, both the landlord and the tenant must be mutually respectful of each other and fulfil their obligations. Here are 10 tips to maintain a healthy and good relationship with your landlord. 1. Sign your lease agreement The first step to starting a healthy relationship with your landlord is of course the signing of the lease. In doing this, you are showing your landlord that you understand your rights and obligations as a tenant. However it'...

Tips For Living in an All Male Flat-Share

5 Good Tips For Living in an All Male Flat-Share

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 09/27/16

Flat-sharing with your mates lets you create wonderful memories with friends. Provided that you follow a few rules, it can be a great, unique experience. Roomlala offers some good advice on what you can do to make your year in a flat-share an unforgettable one. A bit of tidiness goes a long way To respect everyone’s space, it’s important to think about setting up a few ground rules and using common sense. Firstly, you should definitely avoid leaving your underwear hanging around the mid...

Revamping Old Furniture

Revamping Old Furniture

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 04/29/15

Do you have unused furniture at home that’s too old looking, inelegant or just damaged? Here are some simple tips to take something that’s an eyesore and make it a pleasant centre or attention. Why Redecorate? Whether you’re looking to give character to a room just so that it makes you happier, or whether you’re trying to rent the space out, a simple coat of paint can do wonders! It’s the simplest way to add colour to a room without breaking the bank. Wall paint can add a single wall of colour...

Dealing with Noisy Neighbours

Dealing with Noisy Neighbours

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 04/15/15

Do your neighbours work scream all day or play loud music? Do they throw too many parties and constantly keep you awake? What can you do to combat them without it turning into an all-out war? Here are some simple tips to resolve your problems with your noisy neighbours. Step 1: Be patient Sometimes, it is necessary to just be tolerant. If it just occasional noise that is bothering you, give them a chance. Sometimes it takes a moment to get settled into the home when arriving back! Chil...

Tips for Moving

Tips for Moving

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 02/11/15

We hope that you have finally found the perfect accommodation that will be your new home for the next academic year. Once you’re finally settled in, you’ll be ready for all sorts of new adventures: throwing a housewarming party, buying some new plants to liven up your space, and discovering your new neighbourhood. There’s so much to do, but it’s necessary that you do not forget the essential things. Roomlala wants to be there for you to make everything just a little easier and that’s why we have...