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Where to live in London: A guide

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 21/08/19

When planning on moving to the Big Smoke, or simply deciding to move to a new area, it can be difficult to figure out where to live in London as the huge amount of choice can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know the city very well. Whethe...

Accommodation

Rental law: The fitness for human habitation act

Rental law: The Fitness for Human Habitation Act

Accommodation | Furnished Flats | 11/07/19

As of 20th March 2019, rented houses and flats must be ‘fit for human habitation’ (otherwise known as being safe and not posing a risk to anyone's health). This rental law is a new addition to the Landlord and Tenant Act and if it isn’t honoured, court action may be taken. You might be thinking it’s too complicated to learn about yet piece of legislation, but we’re here to break it down for you. What does it actually mean? Although the Fitness for Human Habitation Act is a new addition to ...

Tenant Fees Act: What you need to know

Tenant Fees Act: What you need to know

Accommodation | Furnished Flats | 09/05/19

The Tenant Fees Act will come into play in England on 1st June 2019 and will stop landlords and agencies from charging extra fees on top of what is actually required. This change in rental law means that, for those living in assured shorthold tenancies, student accommodation or as a lodger, there will be a set list of tenant fees that agencies and landlords can ask for leading up to and during the tenancy. To find out if this applies to you, check out our blog post on the different types of tena...

Decorating Your Accommodation

10 Tips for Making the Most of a Small Kitchen

10 Tips for Making the Most of a Small Kitchen

Decorating Your Accommodation | Decorating Tips | 08/09/15

Having a small kitchen is neither the end of the world, nor a synonym for having a messy, impractical space. Here are 10 tips for improving the layout and decoration to make the most of the small space and to make your kitchen the heart of the home. 1. Opt for Built in Appliances To ensure that your small kitchen has the best possible layout, you should start by choosing appliances that fit the space well. You can now buy, for instance, dishwashers that can be built into a kitchen cabinet ...

Christmas DIY on a budget

Christmas DIY : Decorate your Home on a Budget

Decorating Your Accommodation | Decorating Tips | 08/12/16

It’s that time of year again! It’s really starting to feel like Christmas outside, but you still haven’t got any ideas on how to decorate your home? We’d all like to avoid spending a fortune on festive decorations, but at the same time, we still want the house to look magical for the festive season! Roomlala has done a bit of research and has found you the best DIY ideas for decorating your home during Christmas on a budget! Recycle old decorations Firstly- re-use!! There must surely be a ...

Landlords

 Buying rental property: How the buy to let scheme works

Buying rental property: How the buy to let scheme works

Landlords | Information for Landlords | 08/08/19

Buying rental property can be a great investment but, it can also be daunting if you don’t know where to start. The buy to let scheme offers mortgages to people who want to buy a house or flat in order to rent it out. These mortgages are slightly different to normal ones, and often have different requirements and rules. However, like normal mortgages, the buy-to-let scheme lets you buy a property without having to save up to pay it all at once. What’s the difference between a buy-to-let (BTL)...

How to take in a lodger if you have a spare room to rent

How to take in a lodger if you have a spare room to rent

Landlords | Information for Landlords | 13/06/19

Have your kids moved out? Are you feeling a bit lonely living alone? Do you just need some spare cash? If you've recently decided you have a spare room to rent in your home, taking in a lodger and establishing a lodger agreement could be the perfect way for you to earn extra money. Not only will you receive rent payments, but you could also be eligible for the rent a room scheme, helping you keep more of the money you earn. Before finding a lodger If you have a spare room to rent, there ar...

Tenants

Where to live in London: A guide

Where to live in London: A guide

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 21/08/19

When planning on moving to the Big Smoke, or simply deciding to move to a new area, it can be difficult to figure out where to live in London as the huge amount of choice can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know the city very well. Whether you’re looking for accommodation in East London, West London, North or South, there’s something for everyone. Students With universities all around the city, students in London are all spread out, just like student housing in London is too. Stud...

 House rules to roommate agreements: A guide to life as a flatmate

House rules to roommate agreements: A guide to life as a flatmate

Tenants | Tips for Tenants | 13/08/19

Whether moving in with people you already know or with complete strangers, flatmate life can be a great experience, but also sometimes a messy one if you’re not careful as living in close quarters can often lead to the odd argument. However, if you follow our tips, you’ll be living in harmony. Set house rules By setting house rules right at the beginning, everyone is on the same page from day one regarding what is expected of themselves and each other. These can include who does which chor...

News

Online payment of rent

Just like with online reservations, online rent payments for long-term rentals become mandatory

News | Roomlala News | 05/02/19

We told you here that as of 1st January, online reservations have become mandatory on Roomlala. In line with this news, we would also like to inform you that the online rent payments for long-term rentals will now be mandatory beginning 12th February 2019. How does that work? It's really simple! As requested by the majority of our landlords, Roomlala now makes it easy for you to manage rent payments and secure your rentals. Thus, as soon as you confirm a reservation for a long-term ...

Online payment for reservations become mandatory

As of 1st January: online reservations will now be mandatory on Roomlala

News | Roomlala News | 13/12/18

Roomlala is preparing for some exciting changes this coming 2019! Among them is the obligation to pay online for all reservations. Up until 2018, thanks to our Connect pass (or formerly called Premium pass), you are allowed to share your contact details in our messaging platform as well as choose the mode of payment for your reservation: online or in person (outside our platform). As of 1 January 2019, all reservations must be paid online through the Roomlala platform. Why is online paymen...

Students

How to study abroad as an Erasmus student

How to study abroad as an Erasmus student

Students | Erasmus | 26/06/19

Eating croissants in France, drinking beer in Germany, making new memories that you’ll have for the rest of your life; studying abroad lets you become more confident and independent while learning another language. By experiencing other cultures, you can widen your horizons and meet people you wouldn’t have otherwise been introduced to. If it’s something you want to do, read on to find out how to study abroad. Mandatory semester/year abroad If you study one or more languages at a British uni...

Studying in Nottingham: What to do and where to stay

Studying in Nottingham: What to do and where to stay

Students | Tips for Students | 14/02/17

Nottingham is one of the UK’s top student cities, with the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University both high in the rankings. The two universities both have several campuses for the 61,000 students that study in the city. If you’re considering studying at either of the city’s universities, read on to find out all you need to know. What to do When it comes to nightlife, Nottingham has a lot on offer. The main student nights are held at clubs like Ocean, Ink, Rock City and S...

Travel

What to Do in London in 3 Days

What to Do in London in 3 Days

Travel | Europe | 29/11/16

London is a city known for its history, its fashion, and its culture. It's a vibrant city that is packed with historic monuments, lovely parks and lively pubs which create a unique British charm. If you're lucky enough to be visiting this beautiful city, then we've prepared a guide on how to see London in 3 days. 1st Day in London: The Main Attractions London is a fascinating city, because not only is it rich with history and culture, it's also one of the most diverse and modern cities in ...

What to Do in Berlin in 3 Days

What to Do in Berlin in 3 Days

Travel | Europe | 11/10/16

Berlin, the German capital, located in the northeast of the country, is a city full of charm with its mix of both historical and modern landmarks and attractions. Berlin has reinvented itself, now becoming the epicentre of new musical trends and nightlife. If you want to explore the city, then we've suggested how to do it in just 3 days. 1st Day in Berlin: Visit the main tourist attractions Berlin is a vast city- the geographical area of Berlin is immense, so we recommend that you plan yo...