Who does the letting agent work for in the UK?

Who does the letting agent work for in the UK?

This might seem like an obvious question - surely the agent works for both the landlord and the tenant? however, it may surprise you to find out that letting agents in the U.K consider the landlord and not the tenant to be their client. Letting agents have a 'duty of care' to their tenants but this is not the same as considering them to be a client.

A landlord pays the letting agents fees - even more so since the Tenant Fees Ban came into force (more of this in another blog coming soon) and will have a contract with the agent  confirming what level of service will be provided.

Are all homes furnished when renting?

Are all homes furnished when renting?

This seems an obvious question. Surely, they would all be furnished when renting a home especially for the international assignee moving to the UK. However, this is not the case in all locations and the reasons are equally obvious when understood.

There are several top locations in the UK that attract larger numbers of international assignee’s. Clearly this includes London but also cities such as Edinburgh, Manchester & Glasgow to name just a few have a larger number of international firms therefore the housing in this area reflects this.

However, for any landlord, the key is to understand what the demand in your area is for. If the majority is corporate, then furnished would be the correct route to maximise your rented home. The opposite is true though if the majority demand in your area is for private tenants.

Are UK homes as small as suggested?

Are UK homes as small as suggested?

Great news….! You are relocating to the UK and regardless of where your move is taking you from, one of the questions commonly asked is, are the UK homes small and if so, how does this compare to where I am living now.

UK is not a big country

Accepted that this is not breaking news, but it sometimes still comes as a shock when people understand just how small this amazing country really is.

This might not be directly answering the question but it’s a good starting point to understanding UK homes overall. Our favourite site is www.thetruesize.com which allows you to compare the size of any country compared to others. For example, the UK is not that much larger than Cuba!