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Under the skin of the letting market

Here we share news and views on both the local letting market in & around Oxfordshire and all planned and recent legislation.

Do you need a home at the last minute?

A central apartment let in September to an overseas researcher

The rental market in Oxford is very transient. People come and go from overseas on a regular basis and in the past 12 months we have registered applicants from 93 different countries including Bhutan, Iceland and the Maldives.

Many of the tenants inside the Oxford City limits have some association with the University – ranked number 5 in the world in the latest table of Universities and hence September is a very busy month in the Oxford lettings market Many people land from overseas with a suitcase looking for a rental property for the next academic year. They assume it is easy to do so at very short notice…

In Oxford most properties are listed 1 to 2 months in advance so that the void period is minimised for the landlord. So when a visiting academic arrives in Oxford there is little choice for immediate availability.


If you do find yourself looking for rental accommodation in a quick time frame try and bear in mind the following:


  • Browse our properties before you leave your own country, ideally, and then contact us. We will help narrow down some to view on arrival


  • Have your references ready to speed up the process. You may need an employer reference (confirming salary), a current landlord reference, a character reference and/or copies of statements confirming savings.


  • If you are in a position to pay all the rent in advance it can “sidestep” the referencing process and help you move in faster.


  • You may well need to be less specific with your search criteria. Some people compromise slightly on their first rental home (eg accepting a smaller garden) and then move into another of our properties at the end of the tenancy. Alternatively, you may have to be prepared to stay in a hotel for a significant length of time if you wish to find your ideal property.