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The first thing you will need to do is work out a rental budget that you can realistically afford. Other costs to be considered include a deposit, council tax, utility bills, agency fees and possibly furniture or essential household items. Depending on your rental agreement some or all of these expenses may be included in your rent. Privately rented housing can be self-contained or shared with other people. It is important to be realistic about what you can afford. Sharing is usually cheaper. Top Tip: Generally, moneymanagement advisors recommend that you set aside a third of your income for your accommodation.

in a lodger to help cover the mortgage or rent. Living with your landlord will mean that you have fewer rights. Such accommodation is generally advertised through local advertisers and in classified sections, such as Loot and Gumtree.

Useful websites Renting private properties www.rightmove.co.uk www.primelocation.co.uk www.findaproperty.com www.londonrenting.co.uk www.zoopla.co.uk Flat shares and house shares www.gumtree.com www.spareroom.co.uk www.flatmaterooms.co.uk/ greater-london

Top Tip: Never give out bank account details or agree to transfer money before viewing the property and signing the tenancy agreement.

Bedsits

These are normally single rooms in large houses. They can be self-contained with mini kitchens and bathrooms, or living/sleeping rooms with kitchens and bathrooms shared with other people.

Shared flats or houses

These are flats or houses where people live together and share the kitchen, living room, and bathroom facilities. Groups of friends often set up flat- and houseshares and may advertise a vacant room when someone leaves.

Lodgings in a room in someone’s home

I went to many viewings of rooms where sometimes as many as 30 people were looking at the room and getting interviewed by the other housemates.

Renting a property

It is quite common for people to take

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Moving to London; A Practical Companion for Irish People  
Moving to London; A Practical Companion for Irish People  

A helpful, practical and comprehensive guide to Moving to London for Irish people. Published by the London Irish Centre in May 2012.

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