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Renting in England without a local credit history

There are two catch 22s when trying to rent in the UK as an expat. The first is that you often need an address to get a bank account and a bank account to get an address. The second is that you need ...
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Why do landlords in France sometimes ask for a RIB?

Merely knowing your bank account details is not enough to set up a direct debit, the bank would require your consent (autorisation de prélévement). If you haven't signed such a form, the landlord ...
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What is a French landlord expecting when they ask for my "contrat de travail" if I work outside of France?

An “attestation d'emploi” or “attestation de l'employeur” should be enough, if producing your work contract is not practical. Here are a few templates from various real estate agents (PDF) that seem ...
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What does "separate kitchen" mean in apartments in London?

It means that the kitchen is not in the same room as the open-plan bedroom/living room. If the kitchen was shared, the property would be described as a "room" (or "en-suite room" if there was a ...
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Van rental service for a move inside Nordic countries from Finland to Norway?

I know that at least Sixt allows you to rent a car from Finland and drive it in other Nordic countries, including Norway, but you have to let them know about your plan to drive it abroad before you ...
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Finding temporary accommodation in London

Finding an apartment to rent, even for short term, can be tricky if you do it online. I just moved to Edinburgh, from France, so I can at least speak about my experience: I booked 2 weeks at an ...
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Do real estate agents in Melbourne actively help you find a rental?

Finding an apartment on its own doesn't justify this being an expat question, but since I've done this myself AND know there are some expat issues with doing so, I'll address those. It takes time. ...
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Netherlands housing rental - I might be getting scammed, how to avoid that?

It's 99% certainly a scam. The exact same thing happened to me twice when I was in your position, including the passport scan. Guy said he was working in the UK and wanted to rent out his apartment, ...
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Resign Rental Contract Germany

It is correct that the contract binds you to pay for three months, even if you cancel it right now, before moving in. However, typically landlords in Germany are willing to accept a qualified ...
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Netherlands - Rental agency is forcing me to accept a contract

I am also not a lawyer, not Dutch, and have no Dutch legal experience. Still, I am absolutely sure they have no legal basis to demand payment. Rental agreements which involve contracts are concluded ...
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Is 500$/month sufficient to live in Olomouc (Czech Republic)?

Question #1: Can you make it on $500? Short answer: It's going to be tight, but yes. Question #2: Can you save a reasonable amount of money? Probably not. Salary after tax Before we start, we need to ...
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US citizen looking to visit UK for 1 year

I lived in the UK for 5 years, and when I moved out of the country, I left my EEA partner there. In the end, I was never able to visit him because of this stuff. So I know a thing or two about this. ...
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Are there alternatives to a cheque for "caution" (deposit) when renting as a new arrival in France?

I don't think that the cheque is important. I remember, as far as I can, always using cheques because it is the most common means of payment for large sums in France. While using cash is a bit weird ...
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Until what date do you have to pay rent in France when vacating a flat?

You can find the answer on vosdroits.service-public.fr (in French). I summarize and translate the relevant points (omitting cases that don't apply to you). Le locataire qui donne congé à son bailleur ...
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Renting residence from abroad background and credit check issues

Unfortunately, renting in the US is quite difficult without a number of prerequisites. Generally, you should be prepared to have the following things to have the best chance of leasing in the US as a ...
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Renting in Germany: how do I get a SCHUFA?

As a prospective tenant, the landlord is expecting you to obtain a credit report, through the German credit bureau, SCHUFA.
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Apartment viewing Tips?

Let's start with the "bad experiences" part of your question: This might be trivial for some, but: Never ever pay any money before you've physically seen the apartment. There are quite a few rent ...
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French housing agencies refuse to accept a foreign guarantor

(Partial answer) As mentioned on https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F31267, it is legal for the owner to require a garantor (a caution), notice that it is not mandatory. La ...
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French housing agencies refuse to accept a foreign guarantor

As promised, I am completing my comment with an answer. As @audionuma mentioned, the housing market in Paris is quite difficult, even for locals. Indeed, it is technically illegal to refuse a ...
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Renting in England without a local credit history

My letting agent ran an international credit check (or rather they asked another company to do this) based on my previous address in Canada (which I had to list as “current address”). They also asked ...
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How to rent a house in Melbourne Australia?

The standard way of renting a house is through a real estate agent, which require that you inspect the property and fill an application form. One thing that was surprising for me when I migrated to ...
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Rental contract in France can only be terminated at the end of a calendar month?

Service-public.fr describes the rules for furnished and unfurnished apartments. The page on contracts for unfurnished rentals is somewhat more explicit but I think the rules are the same in this ...
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Van rental service for a move inside Nordic countries from Finland to Norway?

We've recently used a 'man with a van' to move some of my fiancée's belongings from Finland to the UK. We found him on a Facebook group for FI-GB expats who were recommending him to other members. It ...
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EU-citizen, moving to work in Germany, registration issues

Once you arrive to Germany you will have to register your residence at the City Hall in one weeks time. You do it in 10 minutes and it costs nothing. You just use address where you are in Germany. ...
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Do real estate agents in Melbourne actively help you find a rental?

TL;DR: Sorry, expecting to find an apartment in 10 days is completely unrealistic. First, the background: in Australia, it's illegal for a real estate agent to take a commission from a tenant, they ...
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Finding temporary accommodation in London

I'd second AirBnB as an option - it will allow you to use the time to scout out areas and look around before settling for something a bit bigger. Alternatively, websites such as spareroom.co.uk are ...
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How to find long term accomodation online in France?

One thing to be aware of is that there are two main legal frameworks for long term rental in France : 'meublé' (furnished) or 'vide' (empty). A 'meublé' will include all furniture (bed, chairs, table, ...
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Netherlands Renting Registration

This means the rental is potentially legit. Some people illegally sublet apartments, which means the intermediate remains registered at the address and will not permit the tenant to register. If the ...
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Renting Studio with Minimum rental period

Finding a new tenant is a time-consuming procedure, with the risk of the gap where you get no money but still have costs. It's obvious the landlords are interested in finding long-term tenant rather ...
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Renting Studio with Minimum rental period

In the randstad (the most populous part of the country), most properties will be rented out within days of being put on the market (certainly if you are talking about small-to-medium size, affordable ...
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