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I am a student moving from Canada. I will be looking for a September lease, however, I can't arrive in Edinburgh until August. Am I able to secure a lease from Canada?

Asked on Mar 29 2013, Renting in Edinburgh | Report content

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  • Hi AlexaMurr, You certainly can rent a flat when you are moving overseas, but landlords will be looking for something a little more from nationals when it comes to securing a property. If you have no one in the UK who can agree to become a guarantor - the person legally responsible for making sure your rent is paid - then they might seek confirmation of your income while you are here before agreeing to a lease. Overseas students in the private rented sector will also need to provide a deposit which will account for six to eight weeks of rent, and a month's rent up front. If you are unable to find a guarantor though, this may extend to more than one month in the first instance in order to offer the letting agent some security. Many thanks, Scott

    Answered on Apr 3 2013, Report content
  • Being a former University student in Edinburgh, I cannot stress how important it is to secure accommodation as soon as possible. During my first year I left it all very late only to come across the following issues: a) Most students will secure their accommodation in August at the very latest ready for when the first semester starts in September. b) Even though there is certainly an abundance of rental properties in the city, you will be surprised how many Landlords do not wish to rent out their properties to students. Do all the groundwork by constantly searching on here as well as other portals. It may even prove beneficial to get in touch with your University as they will certainly advise properties for private Landlords. The one drawback with your situation is, that unless you know someone in Edinburgh to view properties on your behalf you will ultimately have to make a decision based on advertising pictures/floor plans. I wish you the best of luck and hope the above helps. Edinburgh is a great city!

    Answered on Apr 8 2013, Report content

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