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Hi, I need to move to London and just wanted to ask some questions. Where in London are affordable areas? I'm not looking for luxury just a normal and clean area, if its a bit green thats a bonus. … Read More
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6y, 1w agoPosted 6 years, 1 week ago
Hi, I need to move to London and just wanted to ask some questions.
Where in London are affordable areas? I'm not looking for luxury just a normal and clean area, if its a bit green thats a bonus.
How much would be a good rent for a 2 bedroom?( Should they mention if its a two double bedroom instead of 2 one bedrooms?)

I looked into gumtree, but as I don't know the areas I'm concerned I could choose a bad or dangerous area.
I'm grateful for any advice in how to avoid mistakes on my search?
My workplace is quite central.
Would you recommend a property agency or would you go on your own? How much do they charge for their service?

Thanks for any help!
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6y, 1w agoPosted 6 years, 1 week ago
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suspended#1
Where abouts in London? Its a big place.
#2
An idea on rent is my bro pays £1150 on a two bed flat in mile-end
#3
Why do you need to move to London? ( lets spice this thread up } :)
1 Like #4
central london is very expensive! depends on how much you can afford really, you have to take in to account travel etc.

You could move to greater london, i lived romford way which has good links, fast train is 25mins

travel is also cheaper in greater london
#5
£900 in surrounding areas for a house. flats about the same in central romford

Edited By: babyboxer85 on Apr 18, 2011 19:09
#6
I have to move for work. The next underground station is Notting Hill Gate.

Maybe I have to move to Greater London, if its too expensive in the Town.
Are they places I should avoid and where are the nice ones? (crime wise)
Does nice, quiet and green automatically mean expensive?
#7
harold wood is an nice area, with a train station close to all the houses. hornchurch is alright aswell.

maybe harold hill? lol

avoid barking etc


http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en-GB&rlz=1T4GGLS_en-GBGB409GB409&q=romford&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=Romford,+Greater+London&gl=uk&ei=2qWsTe7qM4WW8QPJj4m5Ag&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CCUQ8gEwAA
#8
What's your budget OP?

If your workplace is near Notting Hill, you probably don't want to be spening 1.5-2 hours traveling from Essex to your workplace every morning. I used to live in Ealing, nice area, and used to take about 15-20 mins to get to Shepherds Bush/Notting Hill everyday.
#9
Worth asking your new employers' advice. Most young, working, singletons flat/houseshare in London. Best way to meet new people and adjust to the cost of living here.
As fluffyundacrakes mentioned, Ealing is quite Green and leafy and for Notting Hill, West London would be best. But it can be pricey.
I suggest you try Rightmove and local papers for local Estate Agents and for advertised flatshares. I would go through an estate agents or management agency for your first lease. Gumtree is less reliable. Avoid Foxtons....always waaay over priced and very "Ryanair" in their additional costs.
For a studio or flatshare, you'll be looking at a starting cost of £500pcm upwards to be realistic.

Once you find somewhere you like, try looking online at somewhere like upmystreet.com.

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-to-rent/find.html?searchType=RENT&locationIdentifier=REGION%5E70331&insId=2&radius=5.0&displayPropertyType=&minBedrooms=&maxBedrooms=&minPrice=&maxPrice=500&maxDaysSinceAdded=&retirement=false&sortByPriceDescending=&_includeLetAgreed=on&primaryDisplayPropertyType=&secondaryDisplayPropertyType=&oldDisplayPropertyType=&oldPrimaryDisplayPropertyType=&letType=&letFurnishType=&houseFlatShare=false&x=35&y=9


Edited By: monkey_whiskers on Apr 19, 2011 02:20
#10
Whats wrong with barking?
:/

babyboxer85
harold wood is an nice area, with a train station close to all the houses. hornchurch is alright aswell.

maybe harold hill? lol

avoid barking etc


http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en-GB&rlz=1T4GGLS_en-GBGB409GB409&q=romford&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=Romford
,+Greater+London&gl=uk&ei=2qWsTe7qM4WW8QPJj4m5Ag&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CCUQ8gEwAA
#11
Probably a bit to far for you but my brother was paying 1200 a month for a three bedroom in Blackheath, Greenwich was five minutes away so plenty of green.

His lease came to an end a few days ago and he has found most places have increased rents dramatically in the upper part of that area as they are within minutes of the Olympics by train/tube.
#12
I second ealing, lovely place loads of shops and bars and would take you about 15-20 mins to your work. In terms of area some parts are really very expensive, You want to look for ealing broadway, ealing common dont go as far as west ealing not as nice and beware of Foxtons they are expensive so dont start there when your hunting for flats. good luck!
fluffyundacrakas
What's your budget OP?

If your workplace is near Notting Hill, you probably don't want to be spening 1.5-2 hours traveling from Essex to your workplace every morning. I used to live in Ealing, nice area, and used to take about 15-20 mins to get to Shepherds Bush/Notting Hill everyday.
#13
+3 for Ealing/Northfields..... great transport links and even better nightlife !
1 Like #14
Wow! Sure is expensive to live in London!! :|
#15
paid 750 for my 1 bed flat in uxbridge 2 min walk to station
#16
Bromley is a great place with good connections to london (17 min to London victoria on a fast train), you'd be looking at £850 pcm for a two bed
1 Like #17
4lyons09
Wow! Sure is expensive to live in London!! :|


...... but you will find it's possible to get a job here.......
#18
My budget is around 900. How much does an agency charge usually?
What about the other areas? Maybe its easier just to mention the one to avoid.
Are the landlords which go through an agency often owner of many properties? My brother had this problem with his landlord who would show up uninvited many evenings a week, this what I'm a bit concerned.
#19
Is it just you one that is coming here OP or will it you and your partner, and/or children? Do you mind living in a house/flat share? Whilst other people do suggest it, it is not for everyone and if you find you cannot cope with the habits/noise/personal hygiene issues of others you will be stuck in a rental contract being miserable in your own home.

Is the £900 figure solely allocated for rent or is it supposed to include all your household bills too? Is there a specific reason you were asking about 2 bedrooms?
banned#20
4lyons09
Wow! Sure is expensive to live in London!! :|

the wages make up for it :)
banned#21
pinacolada
My budget is around 900. How much does an agency charge usually?
What about the other areas? Maybe its easier just to mention the one to avoid.
Are the landlords which go through an agency often owner of many properties? My brother had this problem with his landlord who would show up uninvited many evenings a week, this what I'm a bit concerned.

£900 including council tax and bills for a 2 bed property in London?

good luck! oO
#22
I live in the countryside and had the illusion I might a find a nice 2 bedroom for a low price.
I simply need some space, I have a dog and we need some room.
The 900 is just for the rent. I could go up a bit, but then I would have nothing left at the end of the month.


fluffyundacrakas
Is it just you one that is coming here OP or will it you and your partner, and/or children? Do you mind living in a house/flat share? Whilst other people do suggest it, it is not for everyone and if you find you cannot cope with the habits/noise/personal hygiene issues of others you will be stuck in a rental contract being miserable in your own home.

Is the £900 figure solely allocated for rent or is it supposed to include all your household bills too? Is there a specific reason you were asking about 2 bedrooms?
#23
You will have big problems finding a landlord willing to accept pets when renting so unfortunately that does not stand you in good stead, regardless whether you go through a letting agency or not. If the move to London is not permanent can you not leave your dog with a friend/relative for the time being? Again, if you want ‘space’ in London, it comes with a hefty price tag. You may end up in a studio apartment or a tiny 1 bed flat.
banned#24
pinacolada
I live in the countryside and had the illusion I might a find a nice 2 bedroom for a low price.
I simply need some space, I have a dog and we need some room.
The 900 is just for the rent. I could go up a bit, but then I would have nothing left at the end of the month.


fluffyundacrakas
Is it just you one that is coming here OP or will it you and your partner, and/or children? Do you mind living in a house/flat share? Whilst other people do suggest it, it is not for everyone and if you find you cannot cope with the habits/noise/personal hygiene issues of others you will be stuck in a rental contract being miserable in your own home.

Is the £900 figure solely allocated for rent or is it supposed to include all your household bills too? Is there a specific reason you were asking about 2 bedrooms?

so you're taking a job which only pays enough for bills and £900 rent?

As much as I admire your work ethic, maybe you should re-consider the move.
#25
Could you not commute from where you currently live? One guy I used to work with travelled from Manchester on a Monday morning, used to stay as a lodger in someone’s house during Monday to Friday and would go back up to Manchester on Friday night. The lodging worked out cheaper than the train fares to Manchester plus he lived close to work and was only usually there in the evenings so his live-in landlord was happy.

More info here: http://www.mondaytofriday.com/info_lodgers.php
1 Like #26
£900 budget is possible, but you will have a huge problem if you're bringing your dog. The thing with rentals in London is that there is plenty of demand and a huge turnover. Six month rentals and one year rentals are common and so landlords don't want to worry about ppl with pets.
Why do you need a two bed? Is someone else coming with you or do you just plan on having guests often? If that's the case, I'd opt for one and a pull out/ sofa bed. Especially if you want a larger flat - big flats in London are rare within your budget for a nice area.

I suggested a flat share for you initially because you don't seem familiar with London at all and so having flatmates and a shorter lease would be advantagous whilst you get used to it.

As for places to avoid....well, London is a big place, and like everywhere there are good parts and bad parts in each town. Is journey time an issue? Would train-ing it in from Windsor or Slough work for you? Do you plan on having a busy social life?

Look on Rightmove within your budget, adjust the settings from Notting Hill in miles and two bed and go from there.
Try avoiding Harlesden....
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monkey_whiskers

Try avoiding Harlesden....
oO

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