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Old Feb 11th 2022, 1:25 am
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Question Initial place to stay on our return to England.

So what does everyone do?
We could stay with family or friends on our return but don't wish to be beholden to anyone. I think we'll be quite stressed with the move and it would be good to have our own space.
Renting from afar doesn't seem a great idea as I'd want to view a place and it's surroundings first.
Air B'n'B??

Given that we are going one way, I'm also wondering about travel insurance and possibly contents insurance for our arrival? I believe that getting one way travel insurance can be a challenge.

Thanks for any help. Sorry for all the questions.
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We booked an Airbnb which worked out excellent.
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We're planning on AirB'n'B because we don't want to have to buy a load of furniture to use in a rental when we'll have shipped all ours, and also we think that after paying rent+council tax if we rented, we won't be any worse off. Plus we won't have to pay a deposit, and we'll be free to move around whilst we decide on an area to buy in.
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We managed to book an unfurnished rental house from afar then stayed with friends for 2 weeks while we furnished it.
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Originally Posted by ianandhelena View Post
We're planning on AirB'n'B because we don't want to have to buy a load of furniture to use in a rental when we'll have shipped all ours, and also we think that after paying rent+council tax if we rented, we won't be any worse off. Plus we won't have to pay a deposit, and we'll be free to move around whilst we decide on an area to buy in.
That’s basically our plan too. But I wonder whether not having utility bills to show residence is going to create difficulties when it comes to opening bank accounts, registering with a GP, buying, taxing & insuring a car, etc.
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Originally Posted by Helen1964 View Post
That’s basically our plan too. But I wonder whether not having utility bills to show residence is going to create difficulties when it comes to opening bank accounts, registering with a GP, buying, taxing & insuring a car, etc.
To do those things we didn’t need proof of address. Other things like opening a bank account do need proof of address, utility bills, council tax etc.
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Hi Durham Lad
Hope you’re well.
That’s reassuring as regards taxing/insuring a car.
I think you might have been lucky with your GP. Or maybe things have tightened up recently. My best mate returned to Northern Ireland from Japan last year and had to show a utility bill to get registered with her local GP. Maybe it varies from practice to practice.
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Originally Posted by ianandhelena View Post
We're planning on AirB'n'B because we don't want to have to buy a load of furniture to use in a rental when we'll have shipped all ours, and also we think that after paying rent+council tax if we rented, we won't be any worse off. Plus we won't have to pay a deposit, and we'll be free to move around whilst we decide on an area to buy in.
That's got me thinking a bit because we aren't planning to bring all our furniture back. Much of it is knackered like us 🤣. Lots of books and stuff I think.......must make a list of what we actually want to return with. But will have to put our stuff into storage for a while until we have firmer plans.
I'm trying to remain excited and not scared s***less by it all !
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Originally Posted by durham_lad View Post
To do those things we didn’t need proof of address. Other things like opening a bank account do need proof of address, utility bills, council tax etc.
Phew! Still have our UK bank account, assuming they don't close it in the next year.
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Originally Posted by ianandhelena View Post
We're planning on AirB'n'B because we don't want to have to buy a load of furniture to use in a rental when we'll have shipped all ours, and also we think that after paying rent+council tax if we rented, we won't be any worse off. Plus we won't have to pay a deposit, and we'll be free to move around whilst we decide on an area to buy in.
Our good pals did this at the beginning of 2020. Did not need to show anything.
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Hi Durham Lad
Hope you’re well.
That’s reassuring as regards taxing/insuring a car.
I think you might have been lucky with your GP. Or maybe things have tightened up recently. My best mate returned to Northern Ireland from Japan last year and had to show a utility bill to get registered with her local GP. Maybe it varies from practice to practice.
We had hired a car for 2 weeks but within a week found a second hand one which we paid for and insured while staying at our friends.

I’m sure it varies by County and town but the NHS registration was within a couple of days of arriving. We had our 30 year old NHS cards which did not have a valid number and the surgery could not find any records so we had to register afresh and all we needed was our passports and address of the rented house we had yet to move into, no proof needed. I got a GP appointment within days to issue a repeat prescription for the pills I take, I just turned up with my latest bottle and she said “Yes, that is what we prescribe for that condition”

We already had our old bank account but we did need utility bills to change our address plus passports to prove id. The teller also said that my signature was nothing like they had on record and had me sign a new signature card.
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How does the Air bnb work when making the visa application? When filling in the application one doesn’t know when the vignette will be granted and when one will be able to jump on a plane especially when the processing times are many months. Are the Home Office okay with an Air bnb and if dates don’t work out do people just cancel and book another one? Do you just pick a possible week in the future?
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