Friday Question And Answer Video [#13]

In this weeks Friday Q&A video Jonathan Rolande is answering the following questions, from Zoopla users.

Apologies for the green back drop, we’re currently moving our recording studio and this week was a bit of a rush.

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How Easy Is It To Rent A Flat In London While Living Abroad

This question was from Zoopla User lexkumar.

How easy is it to rent a flat in London while living abroad in the U.S. (I’m planning a move to London in late September)?

I’m an American who is starting a postgraduate program in London in September.

I’m not sure how to make payments and agreements from abroad and if it’s possible to rent an apartment without viewing it first.

Any help and advice is much appreciated!

Video: How Easy Is It To Rent A Flat In London While Living Abroad



Video Transcription

Hello, my name is Jonathan Rolande. I’m here today on behalf of House Buy Fast just to go through some of your simple questions once again.

So, we get started with Lex Kumar. How easy is it to rent a flat in London while living abroad in the US? I’m planning to move to London in late September. I may be starting a post-graduate program in London in September. I’m not sure how to make payments and agreements from abroad. And if it’s possible to rent an apartment without viewing it first? Any help and advice is much appreciated.

With housing these days, anything really is possible. So, certainly you can rent a property from overseas.

Going onto your last point, you can rent it without seeing it. Of course, the internet is a great thing now. There’s normally numerous photographs on something like Rightmove.co.uk or Zoopla.co.uk. You’ll be able to have a good look around the property.

Also, if you use something like Google Street View and Google Earth, you will be able to see neighboring properties, what the street’s like and also I suggest you have a look at things like what kind of cars parked in the road, because it gives you a good idea the sort of people that live in that area.

There’s a risk to not seeing something. So, if you have somebody locally who can have a look for you, so much the better and you get a really impartial view then. But it’s certainly possible.

You can certainly sign agreements from overseas using software to do so, and you can make payments, of course. You’ll just need the IBAN number of the estate agent that you are renting through.

As I say, that is all possible, but one nothing that might be a bit of a problem is because you are overseas, it’s going to be very difficult to get a reference for you because you haven’t got a local employer, you haven’t had an English landlord, for example.

So, you might find that you need a UK guarantor. Perhaps somebody at your college could do that or otherwise you’re going to have to pay large sum of money in advance. Perhaps something like 6 months’ rent upfront, and that gets you around all of the problems to do with referencing.

So, I hope that helps. Certainly not straight forward, but then again it’s not straight forward for somebody living in the UK. You’ve just got a different set of problems, I’m afraid.

Any other queries, do just get in contact.