Short Term Letting in London: 10 Tips for Tenants

The majority of short lets London are arranged and completed without any difficulties arising, but it is always worth having a list of tips to help you settle in quickly.

  1. Location

Consider a short let in an area which is close to your work to save you time and money spent travelling every day. Short lets in Pimlico are near the Houses of Parliament while those in Knightsbridge are ideal for working in retail. New apartments near Canary Wharf’s financial centre could be available as short lets.

  1. House or Room

Short lets can represent one room or the whole property so always check in advance if any details don’t appear to be too clear. If possible, find out if the size of your room falls within the recommended guidelines of 70 square feet as unscrupulous landlords are known to split rooms in order to take on more tenants.

  1. Utilities

For convenience, all utility bills including council tax payments are included in the rent of a short-let property. This accounts for short-term rental charges being approximately 25% higher than comparable long-term rents. However, telephone and internet services are not included. WiFi isn’t a standard feature but is often included.

  1. Cars and Travel

If you drive, check whether car parking is included with your favoured short let. If you do have to travel, check that you are in close proximity to rail links. The new Crossrail station at Canary Wharf is one of the largest in Europe and provides links with DLR stations and the Jubilee line ensuring easy access to the City of London.

  1. Fixtures and Fittings

Short lets are always available fully furnished and equipped with all the essential crockery and bed linen you could want. If anything needs repairing, inform your landlord immediately and send a written copy.


If you are seeking a short let due to an emergency such as building or maintenance work at your home, you might have to take a pet with you. Luckily, there are many short lets that are pet-friendly. Always be honest about including a pet and get your landlord’s agreement in writing before you arrive. Regent’s Park and Holland Park have plenty of open spaces for walking a dog.

  1. Leisure

Many short-let tenants are keen to sample the local entertainments. Maida Vale and Paddington are near to the stylish bars and restaurants in Little Venice. Local and West End theatre access is ideal from Fulham or Kensington. Pimlico’s Qube Project features a lively nightlife with entertaining top DJ’s while Belgravia has some of the most exclusive restaurants.

  1. Availability

Demand for convenient short lets is significantly higher in the summer. Although short-term leases are flexible and can be extended, your property might be unavailable for a longer stay. Start searching for your next one a few weeks before your contract expires or consider registering with a trusted lettings agency who will do most of the work for you.

9.Local Shops

Check there are a few local shops where you can buy essentials. For speciality pastries, cakes and bread, there are dedicated shops in most boroughs including Bayswater and Holland Park. For trendy boutiques, head for Chelsea or Knightsbridge.

  1. Reliable Lettings Agency

The best way to ensure your visit is streamlined and trouble-free is to seek a rental property through a reputable agency that has experience in sourcing some of the finest short lets London. They will do all the hard work for you and find a property of the highest quality.