How to rent an apartment in English
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Before anything, you need to find a search method. When abroad, the methods for finding housing include specialized internet websites, real estate agencies, and private advertisements. Once you have found a flat that interests you, you will have to arrange with the owner or the agent to go and view that property.
Types of Properties
Let’s start with the type of housing you are looking for. If you know the difference between a villa and a studio in English, your search will be more selective and save you a lot of time. Here is the vocabulary you will need.
Another important aspect that you should consider is the size of the property. In general, the number of rooms and the total area are used to measure the size of the property. In the United Kingdom two-story houses are very popular, with the living room and the kitchen on the ground floor and the bedrooms on the first floor.
Ground floor / first floor / second floor
Other aspects to consider when choosing your prospective property would be the presence of a garden, a terrace, or any other feature that may interest you. Many homes in the United Kingdom and the USA have a small garden behind the house. Balconies are not as common and flats often do not have external space. Take this into account during your search. Finally, do you want a furnished flat, or have you already thought about decorating to your liking?
Buy or Rent?
To buy or to rent? Once you have chosen the right property for you, it will be time to sign the contract. Here are the essential terms:
Long-term rental contract
Short-term rental contract
Below are some phrases that may be useful when you need to interact with either the agency or the vendors.
Good morning, I am interested in a property I saw on your website. Is it possible to arrange a viewing?
Good morning, I would like to have a look at this property.
Good afternoon, I am interested in the advert for a room on your property. Can I ask how many people live there?
I am eligible for a mortgage.
I like this apartment. I would like to make an offer.
I’ll take it!
Is the price negotiable?
This property is not currently on the market.
What sort of view does it have?
It is not what I am looking for.
I am looking for unfurnished accommodation.
How long has it been on the market?
How far is it from the nearest station?
Are there any local shops?
How far is it from the city centre?
Is there a school nearby?
Are pets allowed?
Knowing how to use “there is” and “there are” when you’re looking for a flat will come in very handy. Make sure you listen to the podcast and learn them correctly.
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