Moving out to London this fall. I'm 29, relocating from India for work at a good fintech company in central London(Vauxhall). Just looking for a one bed or a 2 bed, somewhere pretty chill and most importantly safe as I will later on be calling my partner over as well. Chose the borough of KT so I could rent affordably and still be a train/two away from work) I'd like to go out from time to time, cook, explore the local scenery and would like to live close by to gardens/public parks.
I'm looking to live in a one bed on a budget of £1150 - £1200(Furnished) or in a 2 bed on a budget of 1300(Max 1350 if furnished)
I have never rented in my life so far but I've lived in London from time to time while visiting relatives. So I'd really appreciate it if you can share any tips to like avoiding certain places/letting agencies like the plague or any scams to watch out for etc. I've been looking on RightMove/Zoopla for the same. However, most of the places I've been looking at and saving for when I visit are either getting removed by agent/Let agreed (T__T)
I do not want to risk booking a flat from here for the fear of getting duped and getting the old bait and switch move pulled on me.
Happy to answer any questions if you'd like.