What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three-bed house in Cricklewood

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London

Bipasha and her partner of eight years rent a three-bedroom house in Cricklewood, London (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means: it’s time for our weekly installment of What I Rent.

For those who do not know, What I Rent is our regular series that takes you into people’s rented properties to find out what they get for what they pay, plus how they have made the rent feel like at home.

Last week we were in Southport, Merseyside, with Lou paying £ 600 a month for a two bedroom house.

Today we hang out in Cricklewood, London, with Bipasha.

She is a 37-year-old researcher in gender and politics and has been living with her partner for eight years.

The couple moved into their house in January 2020 after moving to the UK from Australia for Bipasha’s partner work.

Here’s what they rent.

Hey Bipasha! How much do you and your partner pay to stay here?

Our rent is £ 2,150 per month. Bills are around £ 350 a month.

And what do you get for what you pay?

We have a reception room, a kitchen-dining room (we have converted the dining area into a TV area), three bedrooms and two bathrooms. We have converted one of the bedrooms into a home office. We also have a backyard and a shed.

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - bipasha sits in front of bookshelves

The couple moved back in 2020 after leaving Australia to work (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

Do you feel that you have a good deal?

This is the first and only place we have stayed in the UK and in general we think it is a fair deal considering we were looking for a multi year term. Our knowledge of the local market is not the best.

Where is your home based? What do you think of the area?

Our home is in Cricklewood, next to Gladstone Park. It is a lovely street with trees with good neighbors and in good proximity to the Jubilee Line and the Thames Link.

Living next to a park is always a big thing in London.

How did you find this property?

Through a home rental website I can not remember which specific.

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - tiny antique teapots

The rent is £ 2,150 per month (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

How did you make this place feel like home?

We moved to the UK with our furniture and collection of our art and artifacts which we have collected over time on our travels. We try to reflect our personalities and our interests in our interior design (for example, one would find feminist and sports coffee table books).

The first covid lockdown hit within two months of moving in, so we ended up spending a large portion of the shutdown on building the house and making it our own.

Both my partner and I believe that it does not matter if we are in our own house or a rented one, it should feel like our home.

Like many other people, I also adopted indoor plants as a lockdown hobby, and filled the house with a lot of greenery.

We quickly learned that the UK is also one of the best places to be if you love antiques and as we travel around the UK we pick up little things for the home.

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - ceramics on top of the Terry Pratchett book

The couple loves to travel and has picked up lots of their decor on their adventures (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

Have you had difficulty arranging yourself when renting? Is your landlord happy that you make pieces?

Our landlord is very accommodating and gave us the freedom to make the place our way. We use command strips for the smaller works of art to keep wall damage to a minimum.

Do you feel that you have enough space?

This is a difficult question for us. By London standards, we have plenty of room for two people. However, we moved from Brisbane, Australia, where we owned a much larger house, so it initially felt cramped, even after we had prepared for a cut and had gotten some furniture away before our move.

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London: portrait of salvador dali plus plants in the living room

And there are lots of plants (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

Are there any issues with the property you need to deal with?

For any concerns, we contact our landlord, who is extremely proactive in getting them resolved.

Do you have plans to move again?

My partner’s work is time bound in the UK and we are in London a few more years. Our hope is that we do not have to move out of this apartment as we like it.

Do you want to own a place one day or do you want to rent?

We would definitely like to own a place, but so far we are happy with where we are.

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - living room

The house in Cricklewood, London (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London living room rug and table

The couple loves to be close to a park (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - white sofa and plants

This is their first home in the UK and they have no plans to move soon (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three-bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - books, plants, tube diffuser on glass table in living room

The couple hopes that their home accessories show their personalities (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - gray sofa with cushions in the living room

There is plenty of wall art to light up the classic rental white (Image: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three-bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - paintings and flower pots in front of the fireplace in the living room

Command strips have been used for smaller works of art to limit the damage (Image: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - TV lounge

The dining area has been converted into a TV lounge (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - books on TV stand

Some good cookbooks here (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

living room leading into the kitchen

This space leads into the kitchen (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - kitchen area and living room

There is lots of natural light flowing in (Image: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three-bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - kitchen

We like the tile back plate (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - kitchen sink with coffee maker

Check out the fine coffee machine (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three-bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - kitchenaid stand mixer

And a kitchaid – jealous (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - kitchen knives and coffee maker

These are some big knives (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three-bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - extractor hood over the oven

We’re guessing they’re Harry Potter fans (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - staircase

Shall we go upstairs? (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - Home Office

One of the three bedrooms has been converted into a home office (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - Home Office

Quite the setup (Image: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three-bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - one of the bedrooms

Here is another of the bedrooms (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three-bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - one bedroom

We spy a TV (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - clothes rails

Make the most of limited storage space (Image: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three-bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - one bedroom

And the last bedroom (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three-bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - one bedroom

The couple has become bold with the colors of their wall art (Photo: Matthew Chattle)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - reading nook in the bedroom

A little reading nook (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - old typewriter

The couple loves antiques and vintage finds (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I Rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - wall art illustration by terry pratchett

They are Pratchett fans if you had not guessed (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - the bathroom

Finally the bathroom (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - bathroom plants on the shelf next to the window

Beautiful tiles (Photo: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - bathroom sink

The toothbrushes are hidden away … (Image: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I rent: Bipasha, £ 2,150 a month for a three bedroom apartment in Cricklewood, London - toilet with 'rules' above where it says' if you lift it, put it down.  If it runs out, replace it.  If you miss, clean up.  If you are done, rinse it out.  If it smells, spray it

Rules to live by (Image: Matthew Chattle / Metro.co.uk)

What I Rent is a weekly series that is published every Tuesday at 10.00.

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