Thursday 26 August 2004 8.15am
If you look at http://www.loot.com
you can search for flats, in different price ranges, in the SE1 post code. Here you'll find landlords who want to deal with you directly.
I found my rented flat in Borough thrugh Loot and it as been 100% OK.
The reality is that as a tenant, you're offered very little legal benefit from going through an agent. As long as the ladlord offers to make the arrangement via an 'Assured Shorthold tenancy', which must be for six months minumum, then you're offered fairly good legal protection anyway. This is the same as an agent would offer you. Also, as the ladlord is saving 10% they may pass on some of the savings to you.
Personally I've found that dealing with the ladlord directly is much better but other people may not agree wit this, it depends on personal experience.
If you want to move to Borough, you'll pay about £230-270/ week for a fairly big one bed flat with secure parking - £1000 - £1200 per month. On top of that you'll pay about £100 per month in council tax and probably another £50 for utilities. Some oher bits of SE1 are cheaper but not by much.
My ladlord let me have my house rabbits live in the flat so I'm sure he would have let a cat stay!!