Renting A Flat in Richmond

There’s no shortage of estate agents in Richmond upon Thames, many of which offer flats for rent in Richmond – see some of the links around this page for examples. However, as we haven’t found much advice on the web about renting a flat in Richmond we’ve provided some for you here.

First of all, here’s a guide to the monthly rents for flats in Richmond. Note that there are usually far more 2 bedroom flats on the market than any other size, and that there are very few flats with 4 or more bedrooms.

Monthly Rental Prices for Flats in Richmond
Type, Minimum Price,Maximum Price
studio £700 £2.100
1 bedroom £800 £4.000
2 bedroom £1.200 £9.000
3 bedroom £1.250 £12.000

There’s often room to negotiate on the monthly rent, particularly on a flat that has been unoccupied for a few months. Remember that estate agents are there to get the flat rented out, and will take your offer back to the landlord with enthusiasm if they think they can get their commission. It’s usually cheaper to rent an unfurnished flat, and in Richmond the split between furnished and unfurnished is roughly 50/50 – so there’s plenty of choice either way.
Don’t forget that you’ll need to pay your council tax on top of the rent – for the majority of properties in Richmond that’s going to be £1,500 to £2,000 per year for the entire flat, depending upon its value. If there is just one adult occupying the flat, a 25% discount is available.

If you’re a student studying at Richmond College, Richmond American University or one of the Richmond language schools you may be interested in a flat share. The notice boards in the colleges are going to be a good place for flat share ads, but there are also a number of websites that now cater exclusively to finding flatmates. Make sure that you meet ALL the tenants before you agree to move into someone else’s flat, and be very clear about how the utility bills, including council tax, are split and paid. Rents tend to go up as term commences, so it may be worth arriving a few weeks early to get the bargains. The other good news about being a full time student is that you don’t have to pay council tax.

Also, more Richmond home owners are taking advantage of the Government’s ‘Rent a Room’ scheme – where someone can earn £4,250 a year tax-free from renting a room in their property. These opportunities are not going to be listed with estate agents – your best strategy is to look in the window’s of local shops, or flick through the pages of one of the local newspapers.

Whether you’re renting in Richmond or anywhere else in the UK, here are some tips for things to look for when inspecting a potential flat:

1. Examine the door, the locks and the windows for security.
2. Check the ceilings and carpets for water damage – this can be a bad sign.
3. Make sure the taps and electrical appliances work in the kitchen.
4. In the bathroom, check the water flows in the sink, shower/bath and toilet.
5. Check that the heating works, and ask about the insulation in the property.
6. Ensure there is at least one smoke alarm in the flat.
7. Find out who is responsible for cleaning any communal areas outside the flat.

This is part of a 3 part post on flats and apartments in Richmond: