Well, viewed the flat offered to me today and really liked it. Kitchen's a bit pokey but the bedroom and living room are really spacious and there's tons of storage (seriously, one cupboard could be a bedroom for some sweatshop kid in the backwoods of Taiwan or somewhere), which is just as well as I have a ton of crap to house.
The flat is part of a complex still featuring aged tenants so the lettings are currently "sensitive lettings", ie hopefully no gits (but you can never tell, and there are still the general population around). I could have collected the keys today had I my ID and rent with me so instead tomorrow I will collect the keys ready for the slow process of moving in. I have just been accepted for an Argos card so can do the buy now, pay later thing, which is always a pain but easier than finding a grand all at once (especially with another NY sojourn in the offing).
Within the next few weeks, I shall hopefully be settled in and will pass on my new address to those who still use snailmail--think I might get my monthly ACE parcels delivered at my current residence as I'm not too sure about the new area yet. We shall see, but here's hoping...
The weirdest thing is, I'm writing my own tenancy agreement and setting my own rent!