We live close to Barnes Station, in south-west London, which gives direct access to Waterloo and the City. We have a large spare room with en-suite shower, TV, desk etc, which we are interested in letting to someone who needs to be in the City during the week but would like to return to their home in the country at the weekend.
We are not sure how best to advertise this, having unsuccessfully tried a website which is supposed to cover precisely this sort of arrangement. Can you advise? Lorna Vestey writes: Contact service personnel working in London during the week through Countrywide Mobility (01256 812700), who find rental properties for the Ministry of Defence. They deal with five- days-a- week accommodation, such as you are offering, as well as with full-time homes. Be warned, however, that, uniquely in my long experience of British estate agents, they do take money from both sides. So, although they are retained and therefore paid by the MoD, they will also charge you some commission and costs, so ensure you charge enough to compensate for this.
If you have any legal friends, you could get them to post a note on the noticeboard at one of the Law Schools or Inns of Court. Lawyers often look for this sort of lodging for the week.
Alternatively, try advertising in the personal columns of this paper, saying you are looking for weekday occupation only. Lorna Vestey is a former partner of a blue- chip London estate agency.