Dario rents a one-bedroom flat in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia (Picture: Dario)
What’s the reality of renting in the UK and beyond?
That’s what our series, What I Rent, hopes to explore.
Each week we take you inside a different person’s rented property, looking at how they’ve turned a house or flat into a home, nosing around their bathroom, and chatting with them about their experiences in the world of renting.
Last week we were exploring the home rented by Megan and William in Falkirk, Scotland.
This time around we’re talking to Dario, 30, an English professor currently making a living as a business analyst and doing graphic design on the side.
Dario rents a one-bedroom apartment alone in Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia.
Dario pays €200 a month (Picture: Dario)
Hey, Dario! How much do you pay to live here?
Monthly rent for the apartment I live in amounts to €200 (£179), sans the bills. Add another €50-ish for the bills.
And what do you get for what you pay?
It is a one-bathroom apartment, with a separate bedroom, and an open space living room plus kitchen.
Do you think you have a good deal?
I think I have a great deal, as the previous apartment I rented was a studio with more or less the same rent price tag.
How did you find the flat?
I found the place on an online property rentals website.
Do you like the area?
My rented home is located in a small suburban area of the capital.
It is a quiet, family-oriented area with plenty of fresh markets and small, independent businesses, which is something that is important to me in order to make sustainable lifestyle decisions.
The English professor thinks he has a great deal on the one-bedroom flat (Picture: Dario)
How have you made the flat feel like home?
When I started my renter’s journey, it was extremely important for me to rent an apartment which is not furnished, as I wanted to have all of the furniture and decor representative my style and aesthetics.
I enjoy making a place home by slowly adding high-quality pieces over time.
Have you found it difficult to decorate while renting?
I do find it a bit tricky as things like the kitchen and the bathroom come in the state which is not susceptible to changes.
However, keeping things rather simple and minimal helps inject my own personality into the space.
I had a couple of adjustments made (adding marble counters e.g.) by my landlord upon my request, so we have a great relationship when it comes to improving the space.
Do you feel like you have enough space?
I do! I never had more, really!
Dario has stuck to a minimalist theme (Picture: Dario)
Are there any problems with the flat you have to deal with?
The only downsides to renting is that you cannot really change the walls or tiles as much, but you just have to work with what you have.
Do you have plans to move again?
Not in the near future.
Do you want to own a place some day or are you happy to rent?
I would love owning a place of my own one day, as I already would be able to fill it in with the stuff I invested in over time, but also because there are no limitations when it comes to transforming something that is completely and utterly yours.
True. Shall we have a look around?
Welcome in (Picture: Dario)
A nice collection of coffee table books (Picture: Dario)
Plants are key (Picture: Dario)
Th flat isn’t massive, but Dario says it’s the most space he’s had (Picture: Dario)
It’s quite aesthetically pleasing, isn’t it? (Picture: Dario)
The kitchen, living, and dining area are all in one open plan space (Picture: Dario)
There’s a small balcony too (Picture: Dario)
Fresh fruit and pampas, oh my (Picture: Dario)
And yes, those are freshly baked pastries (Picture: Dario)
Those neutral tones are quite soothing (Picture: Dario)
Dario has created a little coffee station (Picture: Dario)
Take another look at those pastries (Picture: Dario)
The bedroom (Picture: Dario)
And finally, the bathroom (Picture: Dario)
Continuing that neutral theme (Picture: Dario)
What I Rent is a weekly series that’s out every Tuesday at 10am.
Check back next week to have another nose around a rented property.
How to get involved in What I Rent
What I Rent is Metro.co.uk’s weekly series that takes you inside the places people are renting, to give us all a better sense of what’s normal and how much we should be paying.
If you fancy taking part, please email [email protected]. You’ll need to take pictures of your kitchen, living room, bathroom, and bedroom, plus a few photos of you in your bedroom or living area.
Make sure you get permission from your housemates! You’ll also need to be okay with sharing how much you’re paying for rent, as that’s pretty important.
We’re not just after the prettiest places out there, by the way. We want the reality of renting, so if you’re currently renting a place you hate, we’d love to see that too (and sympathise greatly!).