1. Location, location, location
It matters! So, think carefully about how far you’re willing to travel to your University. Why not use our ‘Walkscore’ app on our website to see how close you are to the nearest shop, dentist, cafe or cash point.
2. Take a close look at the property
Take time to view the property during the day. This will give you a clear idea of both its internal and external condition. Make sure you go back in the evening to see what parking is like, to find out about any possible noise from neighbouring houses, or to look at the quality of lighting when walking home and the security of the property.
3. Know your deposit rights
At Let Leeds, we secure your deposit in a government backed deposit scheme, because that’s the law. If you’re renting privately be careful, ask for receipts and confirmation of where your deposit is being registered. If you’re not asked for a deposit, be careful, some Landlords or Agents may be hiding it in the rent or may charge your Guarantors for damages at the end of the Tenancy.
4. Read your AST contract carefully
The contract you will be asked to sign is based on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement (AST for short) under Part 1 of the Housing Act 1988. It will normally last for the academic year and includes clauses like the names of the Tenants, who is responsible for what, visits by the Landlord, payments of utilities and rent payment dates. It is important to read this thoroughly before you sign.
5. Check the Inventory and certificates
The property Inventory includes a list and descriptions of the condition of all the contents of the rented property. It is crucial to have your own copy of the Inventory with photos of the whole of the house. Don’t forget to ask whether the property has an electricity certificate, gas certificate, and always ensure you test your smoke alarms as soon as you move in.
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