Tips on how to rent student housing
- Landlord Dealings- Remember that private landlords will always be available and more accessible in comparison to particular agencies/companies who are renting out accommodation whenever there are any issues/problems. Agencies also charge registration fees at times while private landlords do not. Always try and talk to the outgoing tenants and get the first hand information on their experiences and try and learn how quickly the landlord fixed their problems.
- Inspect the property carefully- Always scrutinize the condition of the house that you are visiting. In case the house looks uncared for, chances are that you will also be subjected to the same treatment!
- Make sure that all bills are fair- All inclusive rentals may be the best option but sometimes they end up costing you more. You will have to start paying your own bills.
- Inventory- Insist on getting an inventory from your landlord prior to moving in, so that you can clearly see what is provided and also verify the current condition of your student accommodation. This will benefit both sides. Take photographs of anything that you do not like which will help you later. Anything unsatisfactory or doesn’t work should be mentioned in a signed document by the landlord with a promise to fix it within 1-2 weeks.
- Contracts- Always ensure that your parents remain as contract guarantors since they will possess the right for negotiation about any disputes on the tenancy.
- Negotiate your rent in advance- Always negotiate the rent and in case you pay a big advance, landlords may be willing to offer discounts.
- Take meter readings- The day you move into your new student living, take meter readings since you do not want to end up paying for electricity usage by someone else.
- Tenancy agreement- Be aware that as per the tenancy agreement that you sign, you will be liable to take responsibility for any payment defaults in case your roommate leaves.
- Always be nice- You should try and develop a good relationship with your landlord and this is possible by paying the rent on time, keeping the property in good condition and providing advance notice in case of any problems.
- Check what’s included in your rent- Check what is included in your rent. For example, access to cleaning services and food may not be included in your rental. Most student rentals cover the costs of electricity and gas. Internet costs may/may not be included.
- Check added costs- You may have to shell out extra costs by way of deposits and booking fees. A large chunk of landlords will ask for administration fees for covering cancellation possibilities which essentially becomes a booking fee. There will be a deposit upfront which you will have to arrange.