With spring finally here and summer only just around the corner, it means peak rental season will soon be upon us. During the summer months there’s a surge in demand for the best properties in and around Covent Garden and during this peak season, the very best apartments are always in short supply and competition is fierce.
If you’re thinking about renting an apartment in Covent Garden, Soho, Fitzrovia or Bloomsbury, then here are Tavistock Bow’s top tips to help give you the inside track on how to beat the rush and put you in the best position to secure the apartment you really want!
If you’re a student you’ll either need a UK based guarantor or as an alternative you can pay six months rent in advance – get this all in place before you embark on viewings so you can move quickly when you find ‘the one’
Be clear with the letting agent about your exact requirements so you don’t waste time looking at properties that aren’t suitable
Thoroughly check all photos, floor plans, map location and even Street View before viewing so you have a good idea of what to expect and be sure the location works for you
You’ll no doubt have a wish list, but be prepared to compromise as it’ll be very tricky to find something that ticks every box. A property that has a good number of your ‘must-haves’ is worth pursuing
It’s a legal requirement for letting agents to carry out ‘Right to Rent’ checks on all new tenants and occupiers, so come to your viewing armed with passports and visas so the agent can verify your ID and take copies then and there to save time.
If you’re sharing with others, try and get all of you to view the apartment at the same time so you can make a decision quickly and minimise the risk of losing out to someone else.
Apartments often go to best-and-final-bids over the summer when demand is high, so you may be competing against another party for the best properties. Be prepared to submit your best offer, and not only on price, but terms as well – Landlords tend to favour longer term tenancies so think whether you really need a break-clause and how quickly you would be prepared to move, lower voids between tenancies are more attractive to landlords.