SPOKEN ENGLISH: Renting an apartment

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So, you decide it’s time to move to another apartment. The search can be quite stressful, especially if you do not know which English words to use.

The process of choosing an apartment is sometimes a difficult, challenging, and very stressful task. To make the best possible decision for yourself, you must take into consideration a variety of issues. The two most important factors of finding an apartment are the amount that you are willing to spend on rent each month and the neighborhood in which the apartment is located. Choosing a place to live is one of the most important decisions that you will have to make. Before you start your search for an apartment you will want to decide how much is acceptable to spend on rent.

Take your cup of coffee and let’s start!
These are some important questions you need to know before you move:

  • Are you looking to rent just for yourself?
  • How much money you can spent (your budget)?
  • In which area would you like to live?
  • Are you interested to search through the agency or website?
  • Are you looking apartment adjusted for pets?
  • Are you interested in an empty apartment or furnished place?
  • Do you need to pay a deposit?
  • Do you need to fill out and submit an application for renting?
  • Do you need an escalator in the building?
  • Is there a laundry room in the building?
  • Does the apartment have a balcony?

Read the text:

I am interested in this rental and would like to schedule a viewing.
I found your listing in newspapers and I would like to find out more about this apartment.
When would you be available for a viewing? Could you show me the apartment this week?
I’d like some more information about utilities and their monthly cost.
Can you come on Monday at 4 pm?
Yes, I can.
Great, see you then!

Useful phrases and vocabulary:

I am eligible for a mortgage.

I like this apartment.
I would like to make an offer.

I’ll take it!

Is the price negotiable?

This property is not currently on the market.

It is not what I am looking for.

I am looking for an unfurnished accommodation.

How long has it been on the market?

How far is it from the nearest station?

Are there any local shops?

How far is it from the city center?

Is there a school nearby?

Are pets allowed?

classifieds-the section of a newspaper with listings of items, cars, and houses to buy, sell, and rent.

price range- the amount of money you hope or expect to pay.

semi-furnished apartment – meaning it has some furniture, but not everything.

I can’t afford- means -I don’t have enough money.

spacious apartment-big apartment

move in- enter an apartment to live there

upscale neighborhood -an area with a lot of rich people and very nice restaurants and stores.

A laundromat – a place where you can pay money to use the washing machines and dryers to clean your clothes.

landlord- (man) or landlady (woman) is the person who owns the apartment, from whom you are renting it.

renovate- everything was fixed, redesigned, and made new.

Homework: describe your current apartment/house.

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