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Wednesday 25 August 2004 10.05am
We are a couple in our 30s, a photographer/PhD student(in philosophy) and a painter, moving back to london after living in Cornwall for 2 years. The prospect of proper pubs and caffs, relatively low gentrification and sea breezes of SE1 has caught our imaginations (partly thanks to this site!), and in the next few months we'll be looking for a quiet 1 or 2 bedroom flat on a high floor, somewhere in SE1, with a cat-friendly landlord...If anyone can offer leads/advice on areas, etc. please post here (or contact me (robin[at]thoughtonfilm.com) . Thanks!
Wednesday 25 August 2004 10.13am
The estate agents who found me my lovely rented flat were Williams Lynch and they were so helpful and generally pleasant to deal with that they'll be the first estate agents I'll be going to if/when I have to move again.* Here's their website http://www.williamslynch.co.uk/.


*I don't work at, own or been given a backhander by the Williams Lynch agency to say this...
Wednesday 25 August 2004 10.20am
thanks fabhat...I assume you're enjoying living in SE1 then...
Wednesday 25 August 2004 10.23am
Yes indeedy and have been living here since February. I'm a sarf london girl and I really enjoy being central, yet still south and having all that lovely river only a 10 minute walk away....The food and socialising is pretty good too, especially with the cider addicted people on this website.
Wednesday 25 August 2004 11.08am
We found Grainne (pronounced "Gronyah") from Atkinson Mcleod to be fantastic - listened to what we wanted, didn't waste our time with things that were not suitable, and really friendly and helpful, so you might like to give her a try.
Wednesday 25 August 2004 3.08pm
Hi there

My flatmate and I found our flat through

http://www.findaproperty.co.uk/

Felicity J Lords was the agent and I would recommend them

You may have to make tough choices vis a vis the cat - a private landord may accept the cat but lots of places run by letting agencies will have a contract stipulating "no pets". I'm fairly sure Cluttons and the Peabody Trust impose this. Cluttons run the Trinity Church estate in Se1 (which is lovely) and Peabody own a lot of property, some of which they let at (just under) market rate.

good luck
easyrecall
Wednesday 25 August 2004 10.35pm
There's now tons of letting agents in Borough High St, for some reason all on the West side. Just come here and walk down the street looking in the windows.

When you find the sea breezes you are looking for in this area, make sure you let me know where they are please!
Thursday 26 August 2004 12.00am
Agents letting fees are crippling (Foxtons is 11% + VAT over the whole tenancy for just finding someone) and so many landlords also try to find people without resorting to agents. In the past I have asked out-going tenants to advertise on work notice boards - the big banks are often good, or I advertise in the Sunday Times. If I save the agents fees I pass most of it on to the tenants - on the basis that if the property is cheap they will stay longer.

Recent tenants told me that they saw some really good properties advertised in those freebie traveller magazines which were originally for Aussies but now appear to be taken over by Polish au-pairs looking for jobs. I have to say I couldn't face the number of calls I was likely to get. Loot and the Standard are bad enough.

Incidently the rentals market is getting noticably tighter. The good old days (like six months ago) when tenants got to choose and could negotiate downwards seem to be fading, though Agents tell me that the flash riverside apartments can still be difficult to shift. Good for Rachmans like me. So if you see a flat you like and can afford you will probably need to be decisive.
Thursday 26 August 2004 7.15am
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!!
Thursday 26 August 2004 7.17am
Sorry - meant to say that my flat was in the Bellway development on Swan Street, just behind Borough High Street. It was a really lovely big, bright one bed with a massive lounge, balcony, secure parking in the underground car park. I paid 260/ week.

This is, in my opinion, such a perfect location in SE1 as you're so close to the tube. Also, hundreds of buses go to the city from there making the commute really pleasant.

You can also walk to the Tate, Borough Market, the river etc.
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