Okay! So now is about the time a lot of us students will be moving into our new houses, either going from halls to rented accommodation, 2nd year moving to your 3rd year accommodation or even renting for ‘Life after uni’!
Either way our top tip guide on what to look out for and what to ask your landlord is critical, because you don’t want to risk getting charged at the end of your tenancy and you want to get value for your money 🙂
- Firstly ask if there is an inventory check list you need to tick off and you and your landlord need to sign, you don’t want to be told at the end of your tenancy that a lamp is missing, that wasn’t even there to begin with!
- I would recommend taking as many pictures as possible, showing the state of the property when you first moved in. I did this and was shocked at what I found:
Lucky for me my landlord is a nice lady and is fitting a new carpet and removing the damp/mould! having photographic evidence of the house will go in your benefit for any disputes.
- If your accommodation is not all bills included, make sure you arrange with your housemates a standing order in a shared account. This will help with managing money, I suggest all having online banking! It is a life saver.
- DONT forget you need a TV licence if you are streaming live TV, without one you could face a £1000 fine!
- You are within your rights to refuse your landlord to enter the property if in unsociable hours or they have not given you at least 24 hours’ notice.
- Also you can SAVE! So much money and help the environment at the same time if you remember to turn the lights off when not in use or not needed and turn the tap off when brushing your teeth.
Questions to ask your landlord?
- Do all the rooms have locks?
- Ask for the inventory check
- Do you have TV points in all the rooms?
- Ask is there any changes you can make to the house, i.e. putting up a mirror with a nail.
- If you have a car, ask is there parking facilities?
- When is the rubbish collected?
You can find out more information on what to ask or look out for using google search, one I found particular useful was the guardian newspaper, which also gives you tips on handling tricky situations!
Keep a copy of your contract, and don’t lose your key! I got charged £150, unlucky. If you have any concerns or need advice, please just ask. I now have three years of experience living at different rented accommodations 🙂
Make the most of your time at university and in your accommodation! These will be one of the best times of your lives!
Michaela & SGO