Long-Term Housing

Minimum Rental Periods

The minimum rental agreement period is typically 6 moths.

Required Documents for Signing a Lease

Typical requirements to sign a lease are:

• Valid passport
• Visa (if applicable)
• Employment reference
• Proof of address from previous property

Standard Security Deposit

The security deposit is equivalent to 6-8 weeks’ rent.

Local Norm for Returning the Security Deposit

The security deposit is returned after completion of inventory, inspection of outstanding refurbishments, and cleaning.

Outstanding payments for utilities, water, electricity, and repairs will be deducted if necessary.

Rental Commission

Should you utilize the services of a real estate agent to help you in your search, agencies usually collect rental commission equal to 10%-15% of the annual rent.

Payment of Rental Commission

Rental commission is typically paid by the landlord.

Accepted Method of Payment

Bank transfer is the preferred method of payment.


School Registration

School Fees

Typical school fees include:

• Registration fee – around £100 – £200 per child
• Security deposit – around £1000 – £3000 per child

Accepted Method of Payment

Bank transfer is the preferred method of payment.

Additional Notes

State schools are provided by the government at no cost to British citizens and foreigners legally living in the UK.


Local Requirements

Residency Requirements

When moving to the United Kingdom you may want or need to establish residency. Requirements may include:

EU Citizen

• Obtain a National Insurance (NI) number
• Address registration

Non-EU Citizen

• Obtain a work permit
• Biometrics Residence permit
• Police registration (for selected cases)
• Obtain a National Insurance (NI) number

It is advisable to connect with a local expert to identify any additional requirements and advise on support available to assist in meeting the local requirements.


Obtaining a Driver’s License


Typical documentation required to obtain a driver’s license include:

• Foreign driver’s license that is valid for 12 months from arrival
• Passport photo
• Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) if you are on a visa

UK license can be obtained with exchange of an international license, however some nationalities will require additional tests.

Additional Notes

Visitors can typically use their foreign driver’s license for up to one year while in the UK. Only residents can apply for a driver’s license, so foreign nationals are required to prove they have been living in the country 185 days within the past 12 months.


Opening a Bank Account

Required Documents

In order to open a bank account, you may be asked for:

• Valid passport
• Proof of address
• Passport photos

Time Required

It may take up to 3 months for your account opening to be complete.