Locating and renting your own place
You need to start looking for private student accommodation in the spring term of your first year if you want to move out of halls the following year. You may be a student, but you’ve the same protection under the law as a private tenant.
Does your landlord need a licence?
If you plan on living with pals, see whether your landlord needs to have an HMO or “House in Multiple Occupation” licence for the leased house. A home needs to be HMO-licensed if at least five individuals who aren’t related to one another will be living in it and if the property has at least three storeys.
A few local authorities could also make the decision to license homes with fewer numbers of occupants or storeys. With this licence, landlords are required to be competent managers. The licence likewise helps to ensure that only a limited number of people are living in the house.
Tenancy deposits and selecting a guarantor
Once you have found a satisfactory place to rent, nearly all landlords and letting agents need you to pay a deposit, and might also request a guarantor before they draw up a contract. Aside from that, they may have you pay the first month’s rent upfront.
On the other hand, don’t give them your money until you have completely examined the property. Be on the lookout for doors or windows which require repair, any indications of disrepair, and anything else that would endanger your security when you stay in the property.
Landlords often ask for a deposit to pay for missing rent or damage made to the house. Each time you pay the landlord or letting agent, obtain a receipt. Ask the landlord if you’ll be supplied a listing of the contents of the home, such as kitchen items (e.g., toaster, kettle, etc.) The landlord is required to return your deposit to you if your lease expires or if you opt to leave. When you settle all your fees and you did not cause any damage to the home, you should get the back the entire amount.
Providing a Guarantor
Your landlord may have you provide him or her with a guarantor who will shoulder expenses in the event you neglect to pay the rent or damage the house. A guarantor will usually be a parent or guardian. Guarantors can stipulate in the guarantor agreement limitations to their liability. It’s advisable to speak with independent legal counsel for this.
A word on tenancy agreements
Tenancy agreements help to preserve your rights as a tenant and define what your obligations will be. Whatever your type of tenancy, read any agreements involved meticulously before you agree to move in or sign any written agreements.
Obligations as a tenant
After you sign the tenancy agreement, realize that you’re responsible for taking care of the property. For instance, you should keep the house nice and clean and empty out the containers. I’m a part-time author and largely publish articles on student housing, and mainly college accommodation in london. Hopefully you like my content pieces.