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How do I rent a flat with no UK credit history?

Hi, I'm moving to Leeds from the US in September, but will be going out there in June to rent a flat. We currently own our house in the US, so we don't have a rental reference. We also have no UK credit history, bank account, or address. How do I rent a flat?

Also, should I open a bank account immediately when we get there, to pay for the deposit, or should I bring cash? I've never had to rent a place outside of my own country before, so this is all very confusing for me.