Want To Move To London? You Should Know This, Chapter 2
You found your room mate and the apartment you want to rent. Now comes the super annoying procedure called reference. You need to show your real estate company you can afford the rent, therefore you need to prove you have enough money. You can show your monthly salary, to prove you can pay the rent. – OR you can have a Guarantor, most students have a Guarantor in London. A Guarantor is a person helping you with your finance – meaning rent payments. It could be your parents, another family member or a boyfriend or girlfriend. As long as the guarantor can prove your rent will be taken care of, you are of the hook. Some real estate agencys have rules about the Guarantor being London based. The guarantor then has to show he’s or hers financial status to prove they can pay your rent – if you fail to do it yourself. This procedure is important if you rent from a real estate company. The real estate company might say you have to pay 3- 6 month up front if your guarantor is living a broad.
You can also go around the real estate agencies – go private, find a room on a Spareroom www.aspareroom.co.uk and rent directly from the landlord without going thru all the annoying rules from the real estate agencies. It will be different from landlord to landlord -what you have to prove. Maybe you need a reference from your previous landlord, a copy of your contract to prove you have a stabile income, a copy of your passport or maybe you don’t need any of the things mentioned. As long as you can pay the rent and deposit up front, the landlord is satisfied.
To be able to get a job in London you will need a National Insurance Number a NI number. In danish that is called your (sygesikrings bevis) I got mine 5 years ago when I was hired to work for Ferrari Cars at HR Owen. It was not difficult to get a NI number. You also need a NI number if you are studying and you need to open a bank account in London, or other practical stuff like finding a doctor or dentist. I can’t remember the exact procedure, but it wasn’t difficult to get one. If you are from Europe you shouldn’t have any problems.
If you are from Denmark you don’t need any Visa to study or work, it is very easy compared to LA 😉
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