Guest Benoli

how to arrange a long-term rental from the UK??

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    Guest Benoli

    Woodcroft, Flagstaff Hill, Christies Beach or close to those areas are where we're looking to live. we arrive over in June.

     

    Has anyone arranged a long term rental from the UK? I know most people go over and do the short term thing then look around and secure their longer term rental that way but this is something we want to avoid doing for our own reasons. (We have booked in somewhere for a few days just to relax and get over the flight. Also its in the CBD so we can easily sort out a few things without worrying about travelling in etc.)

     

    We would like to know if there is anything specific we need to do, look out for etc and if there is an agent anyone can recommend we approach (or please mail us the names of agents etc to avoid and why)

    We do have people who can view property on our behalf and we would be looking to rent for around 6 months as we intend on buying our own place,

     

    any advice on securing a 6 month rental from the UK is greatly appreciated thanks

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    Guest gormusoglu

    Hi, I have just asked a lettings agent the same question eldersglenelg.com.au. There reply was:-

     

    "If you are looking to rent in Adelaide, most Agents expect that you, a friend or relative inspect the property prior to taking possession as they do not wish to have broken leases".

     

    So in other words, yes, if you have someone to arrange a lease for you, it is allowed.

     

    Hope that helps.

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    Guest Guest75

    I do think you will find this very hard and a little risky.

    Agents are careful now and mainly will not let out unless they have actually met you.

     

    Good luck :smile:

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    Come prepared. Bring references, from your previous rental places and financial. At each house inspection you will be required to fill in a form to apply. It is useful to have a short resume to attach giving relevant information, as this will often swing it in your favour and make the rental agents job easier. It is not wise to try to rent from UK until you have actually seen the houses. Photos can disguise a lot of problems

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    I have to agree with Tyke, there is sometimes alot of competition for longterm rentals too - and agents I believe, would prefer to rent out to people they have actually met.

     

     

    Dont be put off, there are sometimes people on here there are looking to rent out their properties longterm, that prefer not to go through an agent, and in which case, you may be lucky. But as a previous poster has said, photos do not always tell the full picture.

     

     

     

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

     

     

    Sarahx

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    We did exactly this with no real issues, we had an Australian friend we trusted view the house for us. She did however meet resistance from many agents so in the end we were restricted to houses from only one agent who was prepared to deal with us this way. We spoke to the agent and sent her the required documents from the UK and our friend did the legwork at the Oz end. We couldn't manage to get a 6 month lease though in the area we wanted so had to take a 12 month one.

     

    We did know the area well though as we had been there twice before, we also did a wander round on google street view to check the exact position of the house and our mate took lots more pictures etc. She had rented many times before so knew the ropes and probably asked questions us first time renters wouldn't have thought of!

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    From an agent's point of view though, if it is between you and someone else who also wants the house, they will go with the people who have seen it in person. Unfortunately migrants (particularly British ones) have got a reputation for breaking their leases - either because they decide to buy before the year is up, or because they decide the house is not for them for one reason or another. For an agent to have to find another tenant partway through the lease is a hassle they would rather do without, so being human they would still rather choose someone who has seen the house in person than one being viewed by proxy.

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    We arranged ours from the UK. A kind friend over here looked at the rental for us, we filled out paperwork and emailed it back, we got the rental, paid the bond when we got over here.

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    I think the short answer is, you can't really, and if you can, beware. You need to wait till you get here.

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