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DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS? (advert example)
Self-contained 1bed flat to let, avail. ASAP, suit young n/s young prof., no DSS, fully furnished, all mod cons, close to local amenities, rent £230 pw plus bills, non-negotiable, deposit and 4 weeks rent in advance required.

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AGENCY

the place is rented via an agent

AMENITIES

convenient shops and facilities such as the post office, banks, doctors, launderette, station, library etc.

BED/1BED FLAT

bedroom

DEPOSIT

money paid to a landlord on presenting you with the keys which landlord is entitled to keep until the day you move out. Deposit will be returned considering all the rental agreements are fulfilled. This is normally 4 weeks’ worth of rent for flats and 2 weeks’ worth of rent for rooms. This may vary.

EN-SUITE

bathroom is part of the bedroom (separated by a door)

EXCLUSIVE/PLUS BILLS

bills are paid separately and are not included in the rent.

FLAT/HOUSE SHARE

living in a house or a flat with other people/tenants, sharing a house or a flat with others

FURNISHED

most likely referring to bed, wardrobes, table, chairs, may also include microwave, fridge, washing machine

HOLDING FEE

guarantees the place/property will be taken off the market, in other words, it will not be offered to other prospective tenants

INCLUSIVE

bills such as electricity, gas, council tax, TV licence are included in the rent and you do not have to pay these on top of the rent

LANDLORD/LANDLADY 

person who owns or rents out the property, person collecting rent

LODGER

sharing a property with the landlord

MATURE

someone older and responsible

MOD CONS/MODERN CONVENIENCES

referring to microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV etc.

NEGOTIABLE

asking price is not fixed and you can discuss this with the landlord and come to an agreement

NO DSS

no department of social services, in other words, people who are unemployed and taking unemployment benefits are not welcome

NOT FURNISHED/UNFURNISHED

you will have to provide your own furniture even your own bed although bed may be provided in some cases

N/S

non-smoker

OPEN PLAN KITCHEN (KITCHEN/DINER) 

kitchen is a large room which also includes a dining area or may also include the living area. It may be that the kitchen and the living room are not separated by door

PARTLY FURNISHED

only few pieces of furniture are provided most likely bed the rest you will have to provide for yourself

PRIVATE

the place has a private landlord who most likely owns the property and who is responsible for collecting rent

PROFESSIONAL/PROF.

usually means people who are in full time employment (someone who has a job)

p.w. AND p.c.m 

per week and per calendar month

How to calculate your rent per calendar month:

rent pw x 52 = annual rent
annual rent/12 (months) = rent pcm.
(Rent per week times the number of weeks in a year (52) you will get annual rent. Divide annual rent by the number of months in a year (12) you will get your rent per calendar month (pcm)

RENT IN ADVANCE 

the first rent payment on signing the tenancy agreement which is usually also the moving in date

SELF CONTAINED

you will have your own bathroom and your own entrance you will not be sharing any facilities/rooms with others

SHARED FACILITIES

usually means you will have to share bathroom/toilet and/or kitchen with other tenants

SHOWER ROOM

 does not include bath only shower

SUIT.

place is suitable for particular type of tenant e.g. suit for young n/s prof. (suitable for young non-smoking professional)

TENANT

 person (you) living in a rented property, person paying rent

TO LET

available for renting

WHITE GOODS

 common name for fridge freezer, microwave, washing machine

For more examples of accommodation vocabulary visit BBC Learning English

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