1. Get a three-month headstart (at least) Competition is fierce when it comes to renting an apartment in Paris, so get planning early. For the short-term stays we recommend that you book your apartment at least three months before, or six months for the long-term stays. If you do it too late, you might miss an opportunity - not to mention that some owners might think that you're going to change your mind seeing as you'd be operating at the last minute. Photo: AFP 2. Learn the prices per square metre across Paris The price for your surface area changes in different parts of the city, and this is good to know when you're figuring out your budget. The price per sqm is highest in the 1st arrondissement of Paris (at €30.70 per sqm), for example, while it's lowest in the 19th arrondissement at €22.80. Most people think that they need to break the bank to live in a big Paris apartment, … [Read more...] about Renting in Paris: Ten things you need to know about apartment hunting
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Residents are “living in fear” of a woman who has allegedly started five fires in a block of flats over the past four years. The concerned tenants of the council-run South Bristol flats say they feel bad for the woman - who suffers from mental health issues - as they do not believe she is getting the right level of support from the authority. But as much as they sympathise with her plight, the group believe it is not fair for the council to endanger their lives any longer and are urging officers to find her a safe space. A council spokesperson said tenant welfare is a “priority” for the authority and has made sure the woman has access to mental health support services. The council claim it is “closely monitoring the arrangements” in the flats. “We do live in fear,” one resident who asked to be called Daisy said. “You go to bed thinking is this this night I am going to be woken up by a fire and will I be able to get out in time? … [Read more...] about Council tenants ‘live in fear’ of woman who keeps setting her flat on fire
A HORRIFIED landlord was left with a whopping £30,000 bill after “feral” tenants wrecked his property and left it full of rubbish and rotten food. Travis Adams, 34, said the home was crawling with cockroaches and rats after he evicted the family of six. The landlord, of Perth, Australia, had been leasing his home to them for three years, but things took a sudden hit when he finally asked them to leave, news.com.au reports. He told Nine News: “Just furniture, rotten food, rats, cockroaches, dirty walls, dirty ceilings, broken windows … just a complete mess … dirty nappies were all over the place. “There’s wiring damage, plumbing damage, the kitchen needs to be replaced.” Travis posted a two-minute video of the damage, which words barely begin to describe. The footage shows rubbish, toys and clothes strewn all over the floor, furniture ripped apart, broken shelves, bare mattresses propped up against the wall, a mountain of unwashed … [Read more...] about Horrified landlord left with £30k bill after ‘feral’ tenants wreck home and leave it full of rubbish
Don’t rush in, and talk to the bank and your insurance agent before your even think about property searches. Sounds dull, but it could save money and heartache in the long run. Having established your budget and understood how your insurance agent can help with protection and tax deductions, you may now start looking. “But hang on a minute, you also told us to watch out for dodgy estate agents,” you might be thinking. This is true, but we also explained how to make sure you find a good one that plays fair. Now we would like to show you that, if you choose, you can bypass the estate agent altogether. How does no agent sound? NoAgent is the name of an online platform that, “Offers the opportunity to sell, buy or rent a property without an agent and hence, without any commission to pay.” Philippe Linster, CEO of NoAgent talked to Delano about how it works and why it was set up. “We believe that in Luxembourg, as well as abroad, people should have the … [Read more...] about Home buying guide: What, no estate agent?
Getting your head around rental housing can be tricky. It's not often clear who is responsible for repairs, maintenance and who you should contact in an emergency. That's why we've compiled a guide to help you work out who is responsible for your home. What is the difference between social housing and a private rental? Social housing provides accommodation for people most in need of an affordable and secure home. It is usually provided at a low cost by councils and housing associations. Local authorities decide who is eligible for social housing. Private rentals are owned by private landlords and may be managed by either the landlord or a letting agency. They tend to be more expensive as they are let out at the market rate. Who provides social housing in Coventry? The following organisations provide social housing in Coventry: Coventry City Council Whitefriars Housing Group Midland Heart Housing Association Orbit Housing Association Stonewater Housing Association Mercian Housing … [Read more...] about Renters guide: Who provides housing, who do I contact in an emergency?