The difference between unfurnished and furnished properties in the UK


The rental market moves fast in the UK and properties are often shown and advertised as available when in fact they have already been let and a deal has been agreed. Carrying out an internet search for rental properties can prove frustrating, as multiple Letting Agents often advertise the same property and floor plans are rarely provided.

If you are moving to the UK with your company you may be wondering what to expect from the available rental properties.

All properties available to let, should be professionally cleaned prior to the commencement of the tenancy, as all tenancy agreements in the UK state that it is the outgoing tenants responsibility to have the property professionally cleaned. However, we would advise that you add this to your “wish list” with the offer to make sure.

Unfurnished Properties

You will find that the kitchen in an unfurnished property usually comes fully equipped with “white goods”; cooker, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and possibly a dishwasher if space permits. Curtains and blinds will be fitted to the windows and the floor coverings, carpets or wood flooring, will be provided.

Furnished properties

It is harder to find furnished properties in the UK as there are not as many available. Landlords cannot charge a higher rent for a furnished property and also have to ensure that all furniture meets with UK fire regulations.

Properties which are furnished often have just the large main items of furniture, such as beds, a sofa, table and chairs. Landlords/Landladies are often reluctant to provide a TV or sound system as these are additional electrical appliances which they will be responsible for and have to get repaired or replaced if they go wrong.

In most instances you will still need to shop for crockery, cutlery, pots, pans, toaster, kettle, bed linen, duvets, pillows etc. Letting Agents will not provide a list of contents prior to viewing, so if a furnished property is important you should ask as many questions as possible to find out what is and is not provided by the Landlord.

For further information about how we can assist you in finding, acquiring or renting your new home please contact us by calling 01962 793100 or email