Abbreviations in adverts

Offers of accommodation in newspapers and on notice boards, etc. are often written in a shortened form that can be confusing. The only way to be absolutely sure what is being offered is to visit the property and ask the landlord. However, the guide below may help make the basic information in the adverts easier to understand.

m:

male

f:

female

n/s:

non-smoker

veg:

vegetarian

s/c:

self-contained (not shared)

sh:

share

o/r:

own room

sng:

room with single bed

dble:

room with double bed

fl or flt:

flat/apartment

r or rm:

room

hse:

house

gdn:

garden

k + b:

kitchen and bathroom

rec or recep:

reception room, either a living room/sitting room/lounge/dining room or study

f/f:

fully furnished

unf:

unfurnished

c/h:

central heating

gch:

gas central heating

h/w:

hot water

w/m:

washing machine

nr:

near

no DSS:

nobody who has rent paid for by the Department for Social Security

p/b:

purpose built 

pw:

per week 

pppw:

per person per week 

pcm:

per calendar month 

pm:

per month (this could mean every four weeks or per calendar month) 

inc or incl:

rent includes bills (NOT telephone) 

 ex or excl:

rent exclusive of (does not include) bills  



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