RENT: Rent is a fee paid by tenants for
living in a property. Tenants are the people staying in a house/flat who
do not own it but pay rent to the owner. Rent is normally paid monthly.
LEASE: Instead of paying weekly or
monthly rent a building can be leased. This means that the occupants pay
to stay in the house for a period of time - normally a year or more. This
is a contract for the period of time.
ARCHITECT: A designer of buildings
such as houses, schools hospitals etc.........
HOUSE: A house is usually
semi-detached or detached. A house is comprised of bedrooms, a kitchen,
living/dining room and also at least one bathroom.
FLAT: A flat is accommodation within a
building. The building may have a number of flats that are rented to
individuals or families. A flat usually has less space than a house.
REPOSSESSION: When people cannot pay
the mortgage on their house it may be repossessed (taken off them) by the
bank or building society that lent them the money to buy it.
ROOF: The top part of a house.
Normally composed of slates or tiles. It keeps water out of the house.
SUBSIDENCE: Subsidence can occur when
the land underneath a house collapses or becomes weakened. The walls may
develop cracks and can even collapse due to subsidence. Subsidence can be
extremely damaging to a building.
SURVEY: A survey is normally carried
out by a professional engineer. He/she evaluates the physical condition of
a building and identifies faults and areas where maintenance is required.
ADDRESS: This is the exact location of
a house, flat or building. The address is normally composed of a street
number, street name, town name and post code.
KITCHEN: Used for the preparation of
DOOR: Opens and shuts allowing
occupants into and out of a building or room.
GARAGE: Houses a car or is sometimes
used for storage. Some garages are converted into extra rooms.
GARDEN: Contains flowers and a lawn.
Usually at the front or back of a house.
MORTGAGE: A loan from a bank or
building society, usually for the purchase of a house, business or other
type of accommodation.