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 assignees. 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.
A recent search of Brighton as a location with a strong mix of housing showed that –
This though can start changing when the home search is in an area that has a strong demand for private rentals.
The outcome could be that almost 100% are unfurnished and therefore if the demand was for everything to be included, the landlord would need to purchase the items fully aware that the next tenant would most likely not want or need them.
What Action should you take?
Importantly, don’t presume that housing will always be furnished. This is doubly true on the larger homes but for standard apartment there is no guarantee that this will be the case. As a result, we would always recommend a few steps at any early stage.
Research the housing market as it is now, not perhaps how it was from a friend or family’s point of view
Consider if you would buy or ship any required items
If furnished is essential, then could you consider alternative areas that have more housing options
If in doubt then contact your relocation provider or Icon Relocation so we can offer real-time information to ensure you are able to make the right decision at the right time.