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Hey Belinda (and Bob)!

That’s so great to hear. Wishing you a happy tenancy.

Could I ask how you were letting your apartment previously?

Sam

Hello. Unusually I am commenting as a tenant rather than as a landlord - although I have been a landlord in the distant past. I hope I have a balanced view of the relationship. I am a retired NHS psychiatric nurse and have rented in South-East Wales for the past six years - directly from my landlord (now my landlady) since her husband died earlier this year. I think she now finds it more difficult to manage their small number of rental properties and I do feel my situation is rather less secure than I had hoped for. Both her husband and her have been lovely people and I have actively tried not to give them any angst while I have been a single tenant. I might have to move at some time, not so far ,and now am practically thinking of my options. I want to live somewhere in Wales that has a lovely view from at least one window. Ideally
either by the sea, a lake or a river and with a 3 year lease (enforceable from both sides). It would be nice if Open Rent could provide a search facility for me. Best wishes, Roger.

Hi Roger, sorry for the delayed response! I think I was in the middle of a turkey coma at the time.

Well we can help you with the location, of course, but we don’t have a way to search properties by their vista. I like your thinking, however. Having a nice view every day can make your life so much better.

You can always use the Google Street View function on the property advert to see what the landscape around the property is? And look at the photos, too, of course!

Best of luck with your search for a new home,
Sam

Hi, my name is Heather. I’m new to this site. I’m currently renting in Yate Bristol. I’m looking to relocate to South Wales or sarrounding area South glos. Always rented from private landlords.
This site looks really good. I am not sure on how to go about this. I have used the search but it’s a little more complicated. I have dogs and need a sort of “out building” (probably not the right word). Rural is not a problem. Could you offer some advice.

Hi Heather,

Wecome! It sounds like you’re already using the search on OpenRent (by entering your search area on www.openrent.co.uk).

In case you didn’t know - once you’ve searched for the area, you can choose to view only pet-friendly properties by ticking the “Accepts Pets” box on the search results page.

There isn’t a specific search option for having outbuildings, so from the above search it would be a case of clicking onto adverts to see if they are suitable. We also have a ‘Message Landlord’ option on all live adverts, where you can message the landlord directly to ask any questions about the property that aren’t clear from the advert.

If we don’t have anything suitable for you right now you can also set up a custom email alert each time we advertise a new property in your area by simply clicking the green “Create Email Alert” button.

Hope that helps, and best of luck with the search!

Simon

Hi sam
I am currently homeless with my 1 year old son and i have to look in grays area at accommodation that accepts dss i hope that someone will be able to help me with this thank you ever so much to anyone that is willing and able to assist me in this thank you.

Hi @Daniella

Around 1/3rd of our properties accept DSS; the exact terms and application process are up to the individual landlord in question.

All our available properties are visible by searching on www.openrent.co.uk, where you can contact landlords directly on each listing page using the “Message Landlord” / “Book Viewing” buttons.

You can choose to view only DSS properties by ticking the “Accept DSS” box on the search results page. If we don’t have anything suitable for you right now you can also set up an email alert by clicking the green “Create Email Alert” button. We’ll then email you (up to once a day) when new properties become available in your area.

George

Okay then thank you for you reply back.

Hi there, sorry for the delay, only just found the Community!

We were using a high street letting agent. We used them for two tenancies. For the first one they were OK, the tenant stayed 18 months and always paid his rent. Then he went to prison and the agency were very helpful in ending the tenancy and finding us a new tenant. Then the agency changed hands and the new staff were useless. When the second tenant wanted to end the tenancy before the six months (something we were willing to do), the agency staff were no help at all, they did not seem to know what they were doing. We had to find out what to do ourselves to end the tenancy legally and retain some of the deposit for damage she had caused. So we decided to ‘do it ourselves’ and whilst researching how to do this came across Openrent. This seemed ideal for us so we signed up and indeed have been extremely satisfied with the service. Hope this helps!

ETA : The tenant we got via OpenRent has been excellent, rent paid without fail :slight_smile:

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Hi Sam,

Isaac here :slight_smile:

I’m a new landlord and would like to introduce myself to the Open Rent community. I’ve recently listed a neat and tidy 1 bedroom flat in the South East area of London (very close to the Old Kent Road).

I see a future for me in property development so I’d much like to liaise and connect with other landlords and tenants alike.

I hope to one day add value to this community / space and also learn from it in the interim.

Regards,
Isaac

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Hi Isaac,

Great stuff, welcome!

Feel free to share a link to your listing on OpenRent :grinning:

Hope you find some interesting content on here, and by all means do get involved in the discussion.

Simon

Thanks Simon. :blush:

I’ve updated the post to include a link to the listing.

Certainly will get involved.

Have a great day. :sunny:

Regards,
Isaac

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Hi I’m Susan nice to meet you I hope you will be able to help me I’m looking for a one bed flat to rent back in Leicester as my partner sadly past away and I really need to be back near my children as they will be able to see me as and when they won’t I’m on long term sick my benefits are high rate pip and high rate ESA could you please let me now thank you so much Susan.

Hi @Susan2

We’ve had a similar question about renting, and I’ve answered this here:

George

Do you except housing benefit could you please let me now thank you so much Susan.

Hi All,
I’m Zeferina, a parent looking for an affordable place around Curry Mile, Manchester. The place is for my daughter and friends who is studying in U of Manchester, for 2019/2020 session.

Hi Zeferina,

Welcome! Sam has provided some handy info on how to find your ideal property on OpenRent:

Best of luck with the search :grinning:
Simon

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Hello!
I don’t live in the UK and I am looking to move to Kidderminster with my husband. Any advice? Can I find a place that doesn’t require reference? Thank you

Hi Diana,

The majority of landlords will want to perform referencing checks on their tenants, so it could be quite hard to find a landlord who doesn’t.

As I’m sure you know, you can find all properties in Kidderminster here.

It’s possible to message landlords to ask if they require you and your husband to be referenced, but it would be unusual for them not to want to do this.

It’s important to note, however, that you can still let a property even if you fail referencing, so I would recommend applying to properties in the normal way, and then seeing how referencing goes.

We’ve made a guide on how landlords can let to tenants who fail referencing here, and this does happen very often.

https://blog.openrent.co.uk/let-to-tenants-who-failed-referencing-and-credit-score-check/

Best of luck with your move!
Sam

Hi everyone… I’m needing some advice please… I have a rogue landlord who will not fix or repair anything… my main issue is that there are cracked pipes in the field and caused problems with the waste water from the bath and toilet… I had been reporting this to both landlords for 2years… I had been having to manually remove Human excrement and toilet paper from the drain and from the back of the house and the side of the house where it all had been running down onto the front garden… could anyone advise on what legal action I could take? Many thanks Scott