Rental dilemma

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Wednesday 21 February 2007 5.04pm
Hi all,

I need a short term house/flatshare in Waterloo area, it would be from mid March for min 2 month then month by month - with 1 months notice. The reason for this is my current rental is coming to and end, I cannot commit to another 6 months as am waiting for my new build property to be completed.......fingers crossed in the next 2-3 months.

Please pm me if you have a room available.

Thanks
Wednesday 21 February 2007 6.01pm
Try gumtree.com - they have loads of properties available and you can search by postcode.
Thursday 22 February 2007 1.26pm
There are legal implications of a lease less than 6 months. (An assured shorthold.) So reputable landlords may be reluctant.

Howebver others specialise in "short lets" or "Holiday lets" - or even "serviced appartments" sdesigned for those in London for shortish work assignments. Expect to pay more, possibly double, as it is much harder work for the landlord. One way would be to ring round local agents and see if they or others do this.

The alternative if you want to save money is either some sort of residential hotel like Driscoll House of Steves B&B in Lower Marsh. Or to seek something more informal, like renting from someone who is away for a couple of months, or renting a room/s from someone with space. Both are in the realm o0f roughing it. PLus you might need to factor in the cost of storing furniture, which can be quite expensive.

The best option, done to me several times by tenants, is to negotiate with your current landlord. Assuming you have an assured shorthold which has already run for 6 months, you dont need to renew as the law just assumes that the same tenancy carries on, unless either party has given formal notice to end it. (I'm not a lawyer so happy to hear corrections). This means that you are held to whatever notice period you currently have, which should be enough for the Landlord to find new people.

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