Students are the ones on the top list when it comes to renting. Most are college students who chose a university or school that are far from their home. The biggest expenditure for a student is the rent, unless you plan on taking your responsibilities first. Landlords can be your enemy. Ask me why, because they are the ones who takes your money and gives you a bad time especially when you are stressed in your studies.
Here are some things and information you need to know before you rent:
- Student areas are what the burglars tend to target as they are aware that it lacks security. When you plan to rent the property, it is advised to go back at night in order to feel how safe the area of the property is. You must ask your landlord to fit the operating lock key on the windows and 5 lever deadlocks on the external doors.
- If you are a full-time, avoid the plan to share the rent with part-time students because you are exempted from paying council tax and it might be unfair for the part-time student to pay the entire Council Tax bill on their own.
- There is something now called the Tenancy Deposit Scheme terms for the landlords to have alawful obligation in protecting their tenant’s deposits. You must be informed of this scheme which is used within 14 days of accepting the deposit or you may face a fine.
- If you are an international student studying in UK, it can be difficult to understand which laws and rules apply to you, so it is essential that you do this research before coming to the UK.
- If you plan on letting an agent find you a property, it will charge you a fee of between £20 and £100 per person. You can negotiate to make the fee down to their basic reference fee of £20 per person. Know that these agents are not allowed to charge you for showing you the properties.
- A majority of the Tenancy agreements go on for 12 months. Students who rent in a non-student areas may be able to have the power to break a clause inserted in to the agreement which can allow the tenant to give notice and leave any time during the second half of the Tenancy agreement.