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Where to live in London: A guide

08/21/19

When planning on moving to the Big Smoke, or simply deciding to move to a new area, it can be difficult to figure out where to live in London as the huge amount of choice can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know the city very well. Whethe...

House rules to roommate agreements: A guide to life as a flatmate

08/13/19

Whether moving in with people you already know or with complete strangers, flatmate life can be a great experience, but also sometimes a messy one if you’re not careful as living in close quarters can often lead to the odd argument. However, if yo...

Buying rental property: How the buy to let scheme works

08/08/19

Buying rental property can be a great investment but, it can also be daunting if you don’t know where to start. The buy to let scheme offers mortgages to people who want to buy a house or flat in order to rent it out. These mortgages are slightly ...

What to include in your house viewing checklist

08/01/19

If you’re looking for a room, house or flat, it’s likely that you’ll want to go see the property before you sign the rental contract. This might be daunting, especially if it’ll be the first time you’ve gone to a viewing, which is why we’ve create...

Rental law: Things to look out for when signing a rental contract

07/26/19

When renting somewhere new, contract signing might be the most important part of the process because once a rental contract is signed, there’s no going back. Nobody wants to brush up on their rental law knowledge, so we’ve written this guide to he...

Moving abroad: what you need to know

07/17/19

Although moving abroad is an exciting change in your life, it can also be a daunting one, especially if you’re overwhelmed about organising what you’ll need to do before you go. To help you feel more in control and to speed up the cultural adaptat...

Rental law: The Fitness for Human Habitation Act

07/11/19

As of 20th March 2019, rented houses and flats must be ‘fit for human habitation’ (otherwise known as being safe and not posing a risk to anyone's health). This rental law is a new addition to the Landlord and Tenant Act and if it isn’t honoured, ...

How to study abroad as an Erasmus student

06/26/19

Eating croissants in France, drinking beer in Germany, making new memories that you’ll have for the rest of your life; studying abroad lets you become more confident and independent while learning another language. By experiencing other cultures, ...

What you can do if you need help paying rent

06/21/19

There are many reasons people can need help paying rent, from changes in financial situations to spending too much on shopping sprees, but it’s best to get ahead of it to avoid rent arrears where possible. However all is not lost, we’ve put togeth...

How to take in a lodger if you have a spare room to rent

06/13/19

Have your kids moved out? Are you feeling a bit lonely living alone? Do you just need some spare cash? If you've recently decided you have a spare room to rent in your home, taking in a lodger and establishing a lodger agreement could be the perfe...

Who is eligible for a council tax exemption or discount?

06/06/19

Council tax is a tax applied to a property, with the full amount depending on the value of the property. It’s often forgotten about while working out housing budgets, so it’s important to be aware of the cost before you start renting a property. T...

Rental Law: The Right to Rent Check

05/29/19

In February 2016, a new rental law was introduced in England, stating that all landlords renting out properties in England must ensure that their prospective tenant(s) have the Right to Rent. The Right to Rent check has become one of many landlord...

What's a guarantor? Definition and meaning

05/23/19

Being a student, not having a renting history or having previous problems with keeping up with payments are just some of the reasons a landlord may ask you to provide a guarantor before they’ll approve your tenancy. However, when asked to provide ...

Landlord documents: A guide for first time landlords

05/17/19

Unless you have a degree in real estate law, knowing which documents you need to provide and obtain can be difficult, especially for a first time landlord. While the focus is mainly on rental contracts, there are a plethora of landlord documents, ...

Tenant Fees Act: What you need to know

05/09/19

The Tenant Fees Act will come into play in England on 1st June 2019 and will stop landlords and agencies from charging extra fees on top of what is actually required. This change in rental law means that, for those living in assured shorthold tena...

Early termination of a lease agreement - can it be done?

05/03/19

There are numerous reasons, from a change in job location to a change in financial position, that could lead to a tenant wanting to end their lease early. However, this is not always possible and doing so when it’s not permitted could lead to some...

Tips on figuring out how to set a budget for rent

04/18/19

Whether you’re a first-time renter or you’ve been renting for years, figuring out how to budget for rent can be difficult. There are so many things to consider: from the obvious, like rent prices, to the ones everyone always forgets, like phone bi...

Just like with online reservations, online rent payments for long-term rentals become mandatory

02/05/19

We told you here that as of 1st January, online reservations have become mandatory on Roomlala. In line with this news, we would als...

As of 1st January: online reservations will now be mandatory on Roomlala

12/13/18

Roomlala is preparing for some exciting changes this coming 2019! Among them is the obligation to pay online for all reservations. Up until 2018, thanks to our Connect pass (or formerly called Premium pass), you are allowed to share your contact ...

Say goodbye to the Premium Pass and say hello to the Connect Pass

12/13/18

At the end of the year, Roomlala is evolving the Premium Pass into the Connect Pass. Keep reading to find out more! What is different with the Connect Pass? Up until now, if you wanted to exchange your contact details throu...

NEW: rents for long-term stays can now be paid online

11/30/18

For long-term rentals (2 months and up), Roomlala now gives landlords the possibility to activate a Payment timeline. What is it for? In activating the Payment timeline, landlords notify their tenants that the rents are t...

Discover your new dashboard!

12/13/18

Prepare a cup of coffee and get comfortable. We'll tell you everything about Roomlala's brand new dashboard, as you can probably notice. To provide you with a better interface matching your rental needs, we have completely redesigned your dashboar...

Finding the best tenant for you

05/24/18

So maybe you’ve finally decided to rent out that spare space of yours, to rake in some extra cash. You may be doing this for the 1st or 20th time, but either way one very important step towards a smooth rental process is finding the best tenant fo...

How to deal with bad tenants

05/16/18

Renting out your property can prove to be a very rewarding process as you are able to make additional income from an available space without causing you to have to perform heavy workloads, just a good use of management and respect. With that also ...