How do you make a rented place feel like home… without sacrificing your deposit?
That’s part of what we explore in our regular series, What I Rent.
Each week we go inside a different person’s rented property and see how they’ve made it their own.
Last time, we were in Walthamstow, where Alex and her boyfriend pay £1,250 a month for a one-bedroom flat.
Today we’re chatting with Georgia, 25, an assistant fashion buyer for ASOS.
Georgia lived in London for years, and still works in the city, but moved out to ‘meet in the middle’ with her boyfriend, whose job is in Surrey.
The couple now share a one-bedroom flat in Addlestone.
‘I was convinced I was a city girl and would never move from London but moving out of the city in lockdown to somewhere with beautiful rivers and no one shouting outside your window at 2am is lush,’ Georgia tells us.
Here’s what she rents.
Hey, Georgia! How much do you pay to live here?
Our rent is £1,000 a month and about £150 bills each a month – so extremely reasonable compared to London prices!
And what do you get for what you pay?
A flat with one bedroom and one bathroom.
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Do you think you have a good deal?
Definitely, we live five minutes walk from the station too, so great for commuting.
Compared to Weybridge, which is five minutes down the road, the rent is a lot cheaper here.
How did you find the property?
What do you think of the area?
I live in Addlestone, Surrey. It was not our first choice but due to lockdown our other flat fell through, so needed to move somewhere ASAP and this flat came up.
It’s so close to Esher/Weybridge/Ascot, where it’s a bit more buzzy, which is good after years of city living.
How have you made the flat feel like home?
Plants and more plants!
I have also always been a collector of beautiful and quirky home bits for years and am a lover of colour, which is great against the sea of white walls.
I think a home should always be made up of beautiful yet practical things and that’s what I live by – also it’s got to reflect your personality.
I’m a vintage lover too and love buying second-hand, giving pieces another lease of love, so my home is made up of vintage and modern bits.
Have you found it difficult to decorate when renting? Is your landlord happy with you doing bits?
The day we moved I was banging pictures on the walls and hanging plant hangers to the ceilings!
Having rented in London for three years, Iknow how to fill holes in and make it look like they’ve never been messed with.
I know this is only a temporary place, hence I haven’t painted or put shelving units up, but I think pictures and plants are a must.
Are there any problems with the home you have to deal with?
Do you have plans to move again soon? Do you want to own a home some day?
We are currently looking to buy a house, which is exciting!
The goal has always been to buy somewhere but we are in no rush, so it’s taken the pressure off.
We are happy in our little home and when the right place comes along then we will move.
Shall we take a look around?
What I Rent is a weekly series that’s out every Tuesday at 10am.
Check back next week to have another nose around a rented property.
How to get involved in What I Rent
What I Rent is Metro.co.uk’s weekly series that takes you inside the places people are renting, to give us all a better sense of what’s normal and how much we should be paying.
If you fancy taking part, please email [email protected] You’ll need to take pictures of your kitchen, living room, bathroom, and bedroom, plus a few photos of you in your bedroom or living area.
Make sure you get permission from your housemates! You’ll also need to be okay with sharing how much you’re paying for rent, as that’s pretty important.
We’re not just after the prettiest places out there, by the way. We want the reality of renting, so if you’re currently renting a place you hate, we’d love to see that too (and sympathise greatly!).
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