The biggest expenses in the life of a modern student are connected to renting a dwelling, and that is why you should be careful when looking for a flat or house, and signing any documents. Knowing that you will not lose the deposit or be moved from your apartment will give you a peace of mind. However, in case you get into any trouble connected with your accommodation, don’t be afraid to contact your accommodation officer.
Here are several things you should consider when planning to rent an accommodation.
All the landlords are obliged to provide you with a copy of Gas Safety certificate before you actually move in. They should also protect your deposit and inform you about the type of Tenancy Deposit Scheme in two weeks before accepting your deposit or getting a fine. In case a landlord changes his/her mind before signing the Tenancy Agreement, your deposit should be returned back to you. The Tenancy agreement should be signed only after all the details and terms are talked over.
Gas Safety Certificate
To be on the safe side and have fewer worries about your deposit, have an inventory. If a landlord is not making it, do it yourself – you may simply take a few pictures you send to landlord on the first day of your tenancy.
The renting for more than 4 people sharing the accommodation can fail, as long as running the house where five or more people live (that is called ‘house in multiple occupation’) is very expensive for landlords.
If you are renting together with someone, then the only TV license will be required. Otherwise, if you all have separate tenancy agreements, each of you will have to obtain a TV license for TV-sets.
Students studying on full-time basis should avoid renting a dwelling with part-time students, and the reason is the following. Full time students are not obliged to pay council taxes, unlike part time students. But you will have troubles in case you are full-timer and your landlord decides it is not fair that part-timer pays the whole council tax bill on his own.
If you are looking for accommodation through letting agent, you will have to pay referencing fee that is between £20 and £100 per person, and you should negotiate it down to the lower extreme. Remember, that agents have no right to charge for showing the properties to you.
Usually, tenancy agreements are running 12 month, but if you are student renting in non-student area, you may add break clause into it, and this will mean you will be able to leave the rented dwelling any time during the second half of the agreement.
In student areas burglars are often guests as long as they know there are plenty of technical devices and goods in here, and security is to the best. Most students ask for extra locks on the front door and windows. Before moving in, it is advisable for you to come back to the neighborhood in the evening and see if it is safe enough.
If you took into consideration all these factors, counted all the expenses you will have to cope with and you still want to rent an accommodation, visit http://localmartuk.com/flats-and-houses/ and find the optimal one for you.