How to live and learn well
Insist on an inventory from the landlord before moving in to see what’s provided, and to verify the existing condition of the accommodation. This has benefits for both sides: there are many unscrupulous landlords who will claim that damage has been done by tenants when really it was preexisting. Parents should ensure their children are forensic when signing the inventory and take photos of anything dodgy or dirty. Try the mattress out – if it has springs coming through it, insist that it is changed. Ensure that any facilities that aren’t working, or unsatisfactory conditions such as damp, are signed off by the landlord with a promise to be fixed within two weeks.
Make sure that your parents are guarantors of the contract – they will have the right to negotiate any queries that arise over the tenancy.
the rent in advance Some landlords will be content to offer a discount in return for a year’s money paid upfront – which will also do wonders for the peace of mind of both student and parents.
the day you move in – you don’t want to pay for someone else’s use!
agreements Be aware that if you sign a joint tenancy agreement, you might be liable for any default in payment if a housemate drops out. Get details from all other tenants – and their parents if possible – at the beginning of term, so that you are able to track anyone down should you need to get in touch.
nice to your landlord A good tenant develops and maintains a good relationship with the landlord. Pay rent by standing order at the beginning of each term, and if there’s a problem give the
to wear in the communal shower – other students are very generous with their verrucae or other foot nasties.
to see if your possessions are covered while you are at university. Forking out for a new laptop halfway through term is not a welcome expense.
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