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Moving to a new area? Try before you buy!

Whether you’re moving for work, downsizing or simply having a lifestyle change, it’s not always easy to find the right house to buy when you want to buy it.

Rather than committing to an unacceptable compromise, it may be a better bet to take a short-term rental instead.

While the supply of new rural property coming to market remains relatively low, the supply of good-quality rental opportunities is growing across the sector, from village cottages to farm and country houses.

New legislation surrounding the energy efficiency of houses available to let has encouraged vast improvements throughout the housing stock, and the flexibility afforded by Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) leases means you can occupy from a minimum of six months to in excess of three years. Even if you come across yourdream house three months into a new lease, by the time the legal searches, funding and conveyancing process have been completed, you can have given your notice and be able to move without having to run two homes. Alternatively, you may find staying on in the rental house an absolute godsend if the house you’ve bought needs work carrying out on it.

“Having moved to the area this time last year with the intention of buying immediately, we couldn’t find the property we were looking for – but we have been fortunate to find a farmhouse to rent. The pressure to buy has been lifted completely so we can wait for the right property to come along.” says John Coleman, director of GSC Grays.

Examples of exceptional rental opportunities on our books are:

lDoctor Hill, Mickleton – pictured – a beautifully-presented four-bedroom detached family home with views of the surrounding area. It has gardens to the front, rear and side as well as a hardstanding area for parking and a variety of outbuildings/byres, plus approximately 2.5 acres of grazing available by separate negotiation. F36. £1,100pcm.

lRichmond Terrace, Croft. With good access to Northallerton, Darlington, the A1 and the A66, this imposing period end town house is in a superb location with open views to the front. The property provides spacious accommodation with a forecourt garden and a rear courtyard. There is also a garage in a block. E55.£625pcm.

At GSC Grays we have dedicated lettings agency teams to help guide and support you in renting a property. Whatever your circumstances for wanting to rent, we will help you find a suitable home from our wide selection of properties across County Durham and North Yorkshire.

Our full stock list of rental properties can be found at

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