How to live and learn well

The Daily Telegraph - Saturday - - Front Page - Me­ter read­ings flip-flops your in­sur­ance

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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