Popular student areas will normally have a range of properties to choose from. There may be flats for as few as two sharers or houses with room for up to 10. Decide how many people you’re going to share with and you’ll be ready to start your search. Remember though, you’ll need to split all the housework and the bills with whoever you choose to share with, so try to choose people you’ll get on with for the next 12 months!
Most universities will provide a list of approved landlords and letting agents for you. This can be a good starting point when looking for properties, but try to ensure that whoever you rent from is regulated by an independent body like ARLA. Agents regulated by ARLA (like Your Move) will offer a high standard of care to tenants, ensuring that landlords provide an adequate standard of accommodation.
Landlords will want to reference you to ensure you pay the rent on time and look after the property. Because in most cases students don’t have any renting history or full time employment, the landlord will seek a guarantor for each tenant. A guarantor (usually a parent or guardian) will agree to take joint responsibility for the rent for the property if you fail to. Guarantors are required to pay any rent arrears (if the tenant does not pay) and for any damages costing more than the deposit.
Do make sure that you get all the necessary documents back to us as soon as you can - signed and dated. So that we can help you move into the rental property you want.
Your deposit is held to ensure that any damages (over and above fair wear and tear) can be corrected at the end of the tenancy. Be sure that your deposit is held in a Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS). Your Move uses a scheme such as My Deposits. A TDS will keep your money safe and help you to resolve and disputes at the end of the tenancy.
Most student properties will be let fully furnished, but make sure you have everything you need so you’re comfortable from the off – including things like a kettle, toaster, bedding etc. You will also need to check who pays for the electricity, gas, water, broadband and TV licence. Some student landlords will cover this in the rent, but if this isn’t included you will have to decide with your housemates how you are going to pay. Then set up a direct debit. Finally, make sure you know what to do and who to contact if something should go wrong.
Now, plan the housewarming!
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