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Tips for Tenants

Where to live in London: A guide

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 21/08/19

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 | 21/08/19

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 y...

 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 | 13/08/19

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 f...

What to include in your house viewing checklist

What to include in your house viewing checklist

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 01/08/19

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 t...

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 | 26/07/19

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 ...

Moving abroad: what you need to know

Moving abroad: what you need to know

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 17/07/19

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...

What you can do if you need help paying rent

What you can do if you need help paying rent

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 21/06/19

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 ...

Rent budget

Tips on figuring out how to set a budget for rent

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 18/04/19

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...

Roommates When Abroad: A Good or Bad Idea

Roommates When Abroad: A Good or Bad Idea

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 04/03/15

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 ...

old or new home

Renting a Modern or Older House: Which to Choose?

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 04/12/17

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 accomm...

Why share your wifi with your neighbours

Sharing your Wifi with your Neighbours: the Pros and Cons

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 30/11/17

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...

'Cheap Homeshare' on Google...

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

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 14/11/17

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 ad...

 How to avoid traps and scams

The Accommodation Hunt: how to avoid traps and scams

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 28/07/15

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 try...

Find a Spare Room in Barcelona

Find a Spare Room in Barcelona

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 11/10/16

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 ren...

Rent out Your Place When on Holiday

Rent out Your Place When on Holiday

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 27/05/15

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 st...

Rules for a Successful Flatshare

Ten Rules for a Successful Flatshare

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 04/02/15

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...

Energy Saving Tips

Energy Saving Tips

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 11/03/15

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...

Signing a tenancy agreement

The different types of tenancy agreements

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 30/06/17

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 repair...

Moving out: inventory check-outs

Moving out: inventory check-outs

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 27/06/17

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 th...

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 | 24/05/17

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...

Moving house on a budget

How to move house on a budget

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 05/04/17

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 you...

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 | 29/03/17

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 prope...

Mistakes to avoid when preparing to move

Preparing to move: mistakes to avoid

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 01/03/17

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...

Furnished or unfurnished?

Furnished or unfurnished: Which is best?

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 24/01/17

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...

Rent Out Your Accommodation During the Holidays

Rent Out Your Accommodation During the Holidays

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 08/12/16

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, ...

Roommates from Cult TV Shows: The Big Bang Theory

Roommates from Cult TV Shows: The Big Bang Theory

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 16/11/16

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...

Get on Well with Your Landlord

Advice on How to Get on Well with Your Landlord

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 27/09/16

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...

Tips For Living in an All Male Flat-Share

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

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 27/09/16

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 unforge...

Revamping Old Furniture

Revamping Old Furniture

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 29/04/15

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 charact...

Dealing with Noisy Neighbours

Dealing with Noisy Neighbours

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 15/04/15

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 ...

Tips for Moving

Tips for Moving

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 11/02/15

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 plant...