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    Renting a place

    Ive just been to look at a house with my partner which we could consider renting, however ive got mixed feelings about the place.

    Its a 5 year old semi with 2 bedrooms, en suite, built in wardrobes, downstairs toilet, parking for 2 cars, alarm, garden etc.

    Now, they are asking £650 rent per month and 6 weeks rent as deposit however its fully furnished. The council tax bracket for this house is a C.

    Does this seem expensive to people?

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    Depends where in the country - lincolnshire - expensive, central london - cheap!

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    You need to ask people who live in your area.
    That's pretty cheap for down here
    A two-bed flat is about £750-800

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    Its in the garforth - leeds - West yorkshire area and the energy ratings on the property are B and the potential are a B.

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    Not that bad for the area judging by online sites...

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    I would think that is reasonable for leeds at the min. The NHS is moving a lot of its central management structure and staff to leeds at present so there is high demand for property.

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    Sounds like a good place, should be fairly cheap on bills with that energy rating and not in a bad tax band either. I'd expect to pay a bit of a premium for that sort of place.

    I've never been too keen on fully furnished properties, partly because we've always had pretty much everything we need but also because there's more of the landlords stuff(probaby not brilliant quality either) around to break & have to pay for when you leave

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    for the place i live at with my parents we had to put 2 months down for deposit, and per month it is £650 and its a 2 bed home (i live in a logcabin in the garden as my sis has the other bedroom dispite being at uni) and its on a farm, we got it as unfernished

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    Nice! that kind of place would cost £1,000pm down here. Count yourself lucky!

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    It's not that bad... I rent a 2 bed, unfurnished bungalow - costs me £550 pcm.

    As others have said though, it all depends on the area.

    Also, don't be afraid to ask the agent if they can negotiate a slightly lower price, say £600 pcm. I did that at my previous property (a 3 bed, 2 story maisonette in the city centre) and got the rent down from £750 pcm to £650 pcm just by agreeing to move in within one month and sign a 12 month contract. They usually have some room to negotiate.

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    Seems reasonable for fully furnished with ensuite etc. I don't think you're getting ripped off.

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    Thanks everyone. I never thought about asking for a lower price but the person showing us around was like a wet lettuce anyway to the point where i had to introduce us, they were very arrogant and was told the owner didnt live in the country. IF i wanted to use my own stuff we would have to put the original items in the house into storage which i guess is more costs per month. Also, i guess if things break we have to replace them which is dead money. however if things were ours we could replace them and keep them. I guess there are 2 sides to everything. Looking at it from a 12 month contract, i guess moving into an unfurnished at £550 a month instead of £650 we would possibly be saving 100 a month which over a year is £1200 which can buy all sorts.

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    If you still have doubts, visit Rightmove and enter the first part of the post code. This'll give you a good idea of prices in the local area.

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    @timbo343 alarm bells would be ringing for me; arrogant "wet lettuce" agent and landlord who lives abroad? I lived in a property like that. It was nigh on impossible to get any repairs done because the agent wouldn't arrange anything without the landlord's consent and they could never contact the landlord when you wanted them to. I ended up doing a lot of repairs myself out of my own pocket. You have to go with your gut on these things. You could try sounding the agent out about whether they are happy to make decisions on the landlord's behalf and how much contact they have, but obviously they're not going to want to put you off the property. Go with what your gut tells you

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    A mate of mine rented a place in Garforth (past the train station and near the school) and that had a garage but think it was 3 bed.. Anyway he was paying about the same as the one you asked about.

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