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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the place is rented via an agent
convenient shops and facilities such as the post office, banks, doctors, launderette, station, library etc.
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.
bathroom is part of the bedroom (separated by a door)
bills are paid separately and are not included in the rent.
living in a house or a flat with other people/tenants, sharing a house or a flat with others
most likely referring to bed, wardrobes, table, chairs, may also include microwave, fridge, washing machine
guarantees the place/property will be taken off the market, in other words, it will not be offered to other prospective tenants
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
person who owns or rents out the property, person collecting rent
sharing a property with the landlord
someone older and responsible
MOD CONS/MODERN CONVENIENCES
referring to microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV etc.
asking price is not fixed and you can discuss this with the landlord and come to an agreement
no department of social services, in other words, people who are unemployed and taking unemployment benefits are not welcome
you will have to provide your own furniture even your own bed although bed may be provided in some cases
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
only few pieces of furniture are provided most likely bed the rest you will have to provide for yourself
the place has a private landlord who most likely owns the property and who is responsible for collecting rent
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
you will have your own bathroom and your own entrance you will not be sharing any facilities/rooms with others
usually means you will have to share bathroom/toilet and/or kitchen with other tenants
does not include bath only shower
place is suitable for particular type of tenant e.g. suit for young n/s prof. (suitable for young non-smoking professional)
person (you) living in a rented property, person paying rent
available for renting
common name for fridge freezer, microwave, washing machine
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