There are a lot of landlords out there who aren’t your friend – even if they say they are! There are a number of things to consider when looking at a place for the first time, here are some tips to get you started:
What to look for when looking for a student accommodation:
Damp could appear anywhere but it’s the landlord’s job to ensure that the property is looked after and looked after well. It needs to be taken seriously as it can cause major health problems and mould ruins clothes.
Student houses can get extremely messy and may attract rats or mice. When viewing the house, look out for droppings, mouse traps and any other signs of infestation to ensure the landlord isn’t hiding anything.
How far away are you willing to live? If your student house is a thirty-minute walk away from university you may be more inclined to ‘snooze’ your way through those early morning lectures. A nice home in a convenient location is what makes a student house perfect.
Security and safety are the most important factor when it comes to picking a house. The windows should be double glazed and there should be double locks and fire doors in the house.
If you will be living with a group of 6 or more students, the landlord will be required to abide by stringent HMO regulations. Whilst they are required to be met by law, they can be hard to enforce. They exist for your safety and comfort, so check up on what they involve on the internet or with your local council.
Find out what is included with the house so you know what you’re accountable for. Landlords will list items that are in poor condition, so make sure you check every piece of furniture before signing any paperwork, especially for broken bed springs.
Talk to the current tenants of the property as they’ll be able to help you with anything you need to know. There could be issues with the loft or maybe there is no lawnmower, these can be a pain further down the line and you could end up paying the price.
Remember to ask about the bills, what the summer rent is (as you may be able to get this cheaper if you are not living there), how you will be expected to pay your rent, how much the deposit is as well as any possible agency fees, remember this could have an impact on your student finance.
If it’s between you and a few other student groups then the landlord will choose the group they think will cause the least problems in terms of mess. Present yourself well when talking to the landlord and if you find the place you like, don’t waste time in making a decision as student houses are very popular.
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