If you rent a flat or a home in UK, it’s likely that you will have to sign an AST (Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement). These can vary hugely in detail and length from a two pages document to tens of pages of conditions and clauses. It’s important to understand what details should be included, and which are unnecessary or illegal to enforce. To secure the best deal while negotiating your lease terms, don’t forget to discuss all part of the tenancy agreement. Unlike in others European countries, each single detail of the AST can be debated. Don’t be afraid to read and check thoroughly each line of the Tenancy Agreement and be specific when negotiation time comes up.

Rental price, break clause, starting date, condition & specific concessions (pet…), Welcome Home London will conduct negotiations on your behalf; we can manage a discount on a weekly rent, or fight for a shorter break-clause, a later move, redecoration or new furniture which might be even more valuable for you. Rely on our expertise to get the best possible deal.

To rent a property in the UK, you need to provide an extensive list of documents to prove your identity, employment and ability to pay the rent. Get everything scanned and prepared in advance!

Proof of address:

  • Photo ID (valid passport or driving licence)
  • Utilities bill dated within the last three months

Proof of employment and earnings:

  • UK employment contract with mention of salary
  • Letter from employer confirming job title, salary and contract length
  • Recent pay slips from the last 3 months
  • Bank statements (3 last months)


  • Reference from a previous Landlord, stating that payment was made timely and that you are a trustworthy tenant
  • Reference from a third person (employer, friend)

Many agencies use dedicated referencing companies to check applicants references, so you will need to provide names and contact details and they will do the rest. You will have to pay a 5 weeks deposit plusthe first month of rent before entering your new home, so you need to anticipate 2 months and a half of rent when you move in. Since April 2007, all Landlords using an Assured Shorthand Tenancy agreement who wish to take a deposit from the tenants are legally required to place this in a Government approved Tenancy Deposit Protection scheme within 14 days of receiving the deposit. The money can then be claimed at the end of the tenancy and after Check Out Inventory, subject to the adherence of the contract conditions.

Please note that administration fees, referencing fees and credit check fees are now banned. Ensure that your letting agency doesn’t try to charge them.


Inventory Check In is one of the most important and stressful moment for a foreign tenant. It must be conducted by an independent company. During check-in, the inventory should exactly details the current state of the property, including descriptions, age and condition of the fixtures, fittings and furnishing. This helps landlords and tenants compare the state of the property at check-in and at check-out. Make sure you agree with the inventory, that it is written in clear language, and defines the terms used to report the condition or cleanliness of items in the property. It must be clear enough for a third party to understand without them being present

Welcome Home London will attend the Inventory Check In on your behalf. We  secure your best interest and if necessary, we will require additional repair works to be done by the Landlord and will follow up and check before you move in. This support is part of our services and won’t be charged as an additional fee.

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