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Moving to the United Kingdom

Pauline Kenny

We planning to move to England for a year, so I started this page to gather the resources I find.

How to Find Long Term Rentals

Many real estate agencies also handle long term rentals (called "residential lettings"). Find a local paper for the area you are considering and check the "Property to Let" section of the classifieds. Contact the local council office and ask them for the names of businesses that handle rentals. Do a web search for "letting agents". We have some agents listed on this page.

What to Expect When Looking for a Long Term Rental

In May 2005 we spoke with an agent at Butler Sherborn in Tetbury about long term rentals. They handle sales and rentals in the Cotswolds with offices in Tetbury (Gloucestershire), Burford (Oxfordshire) and Stow-on-the-Wold. This is the information she gave us.

Leases: Most rentals have yearly leases.

Credit Check/Deposit: If they are renting to someone not from England, they cannot do a credit check on them, so they would need bank and character references and a larger deposit. Normally a one month's rent deposit is taken; for a foreigner they would want a two month's rent deposit.

Furnished Rentals: These are not that common. Most people renting in the UK want unfurnished houses. She said she has rented to Americans who buy furniture here, then have a big garage sale before they leave.

Pets: Some rentals will not accept pets. Cats are more likely to be accepted than dogs.

Prices: Real Estate in the Cotswolds, especially the area around Tetbury is very expensive. A row house that may sell for £300,000+, may rent for £1,000 per month. The agent showed us some recent listings so we could get an idea of prices. £750/month for an old stone row house (end unit), recently remodeled, in a quiet location near Tetbury. £850/month for 3bed/1bath house with garden and countryside views near Tetbury. £1,000/month for a 3bed/1bath cottage on the grounds of a large estate in the countryside. Visit their website to see a list of current properties for rent (Butler Sherborn).

Extra Charges: Tenants pay utilities plus the yearly Council Tax (which can be from £1000 to £1800 per year). In some cases tenants are expected to pay for yearly maintenance (e.g. chimney sweeping, electric testing, gas testing).

Time Needed to Find a Rental: Many properties give two months notice, but some give just one month's notice. They try to find a tenant before the property is vacated.

Best Time to Find a Rental: Christmas is a busy time for rentals for them.

Letting Agents

All of the United Kingdom

www.lettingsearch.co.uk: LettingSearch, search listings across the UK from different agents. Search by country/town.

www.rightmove.co.uk: RightMove.co.uk. Searchable database of sales and rentals across the UK from different agents. They also list holiday rentals (Cottages4You database).

www.homesandproperty.co.uk: Homes and Properties. Sales and rentals listings for all of the UK for a variety of agents.

www.jackson-stops.co.uk: Jackson-Stops & Staff. Sales and rentals listings for all of the UK.

www.martinco.com: Martin & Co. Sales and rentals for UK and Ireland.

www.crldirect.co.uk: Countrywide Residential Lettings. List of their nationwide agents. Searchable database of rentals.


Sometimes Bath is listed under Somerset, sometimes under Avon.

www.andrews.org.uk: Andrews Online. Sales and rentals for Bath, Bristol and much of southern England.

www.bathcitylets.uk.com: Bath City Lets. Rentals in Bath and surrounding area.

www.bathpropshop.co.uk: Bath Property Shop, rentals in Bath.

www.cobbfarr.com: Cobb Farr, sales and rentals in Bath, Bradford on Avon, Somerset, Wiltshire, South Gloucestershire. Offices in Bath and Bradford on Avon.

www.crispcowley.co.uk: Crisp Cowley, sales and rentals. Click on Residential, Properties and then choose between sales and rentals. Text listings, no photos.

www.david-richardson.co.uk: David Richardson. Sales and rentals for Bath and surrounding villages.

www.dotlets.co.uk: Dotlets, rentals in Bath and surrounding area. Listings have photos.

www.elliott-properties.co.uk: Elliott Properties, Residential Lettings. Office in Bath.

www.holdenheal.com: Holden Heal, sales and rentals, offices in Bath, Frome, Midsomer Norton.

www.homeletsofbath.co.uk: Home Lets of Bath, rentals in Bath.

www.middletongreenwood.com: Middleton Greenwood, rentals in Bath, Bradford on Avon, and surrounding area.

www.pullinknight.com: Pullin Knight, sales and rentals in Bath. (Listing scroll within a frame on the page.)

www.stonier-hobbs.com: Stonier Hobbs, sales and rentals in Bath.

Bradford on Avon (Wiltshire)

www.geoffreymsaxty.co.uk: Geoffrey M. Saxty, Bradford on Avon. Sales and rentals listings.

www.kingston-saunders.co.uk: Kingston, sales and rentals in west Wiltshire. Text listings, no photos.

www.cobbfarr.com: Cobb Farr, sales and rentals in Bath, Bradford on Avon, Somerset, Wiltshire, South Gloucestershire.


www.belvoircheltenham.com: Belvoir Cheltenham, apartments (flats) and houses for rent in Cheltenham, Bishops Cleeve, Tewkesbury and Gloucester


www.thisisstroud.com: Stroud News & Journal, location weekly paper, with classifieds for real estate and rentals. Available in local shops or online.

www.butlersherborn.co.uk: Butler Sherborn, with offices in the Cotswolds (Tetbury, Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold). Sales and rentals listings.

www.perrybishop.co.uk: Perry Bishop and Chambers, agent with rentals for Cheltenham, Cirencester, Stroud, Tetbury. Sales and rentals listings.

www.parkersproperties.co.uk: Parkers, residential sales and lettings, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

www.briansmithproperty.co.uk: Brian Smith Property Management

www.cotswold-lettings.co.uk: Cotswold Residential Lettings Ltd.

www.peterjoy.co.uk: Peter Joy, office in Nailsworth. Sales and rentals listings.

www.montgomeryonline.co.uk: Montgomery Lettings & Management, office in Stroud.

www.hardcastles.co.uk: Hardcastles, office in Cirencester. Property letting within Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and The Cotswolds.

www.cotswoldpropertylettings.com: Cotswolds Property Lettings, office in Broadway. Vacation rentals and long term rentals.

www.haymanjoyce.co.uk: Hayman-Joyce, offices in the Cotswolds (Broadway, Morton in Marsh, Winchcombe, Mayfair). Sales and rentals listings.

www.andrewgreenwood.co.uk: Andrew Greenwood, sales and rentals in Chipping Campden (northern Cotswolds).


www.weeklyhome.com: Weekly Home, furnishedapartments in Oxford from one week to five months.


You can visit the Planning Section in our classified ads for more businesses.

United Kingdom

www.defra.gov.uk: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. This site has the regulations for bringing pets into the UK. They no longer need to be quarantined, but you have to get them chipped, vaccinated and have blood work done. You have to start this about six months before moving.

www.workingintheuk.gov.uk: Home Office, Immigration & Nationality Directorate, official Government website with information for British visas, citizenship, right to abode. You may qualify for the right to live in the UK if one of your parents was born there. See the site for more information.

www.britainusa.com: British Embassy in the US. If you are an American wanting to apply for British citizenship, contact your local embassy.

www.richw.org/dualcit/: Dual Citizenship FAQ

www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/getamap/: Ordnance Survey Get-a-Map lets you see maps for all of the UK at 1:25,000 or 1:50,000 detail, so you can check out the exact locations of places.


www.irelandemb.org: Irish Embassy, information for Ireland.

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