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5 House Hunting Tips for Freshers

November 15, 2016 | Students  

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1)     Fees

Some undesirable Lettings Agents will take advantage of students with unnecessary fees. These fees are ambiguous and relate to things such as ‘holding’ and ‘admin’ fees. Our fee structure is simple and transparent. Take a look at a full breakdown here.

2)     Certification

Before viewing a house always ask to see the gas safety certificate and energy performance certificate. Both of these are a legal requirement. Once again this will show you how legitimate the Landlord is. They also provide an indicator of your future Landlord’s responsiveness. If they can’t sort out certification before you move in, what makes you think that they’ll be quick to sort out your maintenance issues further down the line?

3)     Deposit Protection

This is another issue year on year. Always make sure you know where your deposit is going, don’t just pay it and hope for the best. It’s a legal requirement for your deposit to be held in a government accredited deposit protection scheme (such as The DPS).

This can be a huge problem with private Landlords, who will keep the deposit in their own personal account – this can get confusing and it is difficult to dispute deposit deductions when your tenancy ends.

4)     Proximity to University

It’s likely that during all of the excitement of picking your group and booking viewings that you’ve lost sight of the most important aspect of your house search – location!

Make sure your new pad is within an easy commuting distance from your campus. There’s nothing worse than having to get a long bus to a 9am lecture after a heavy night.

We have compiled an area guide for each student area in Leeds to give you an idea of what to expect. If you would like further information, call our dedicated Student Team on 0113 322 9324 – they know each area inside out!

 

5)      Find out how much the bills will be

It is important to calculate the cost of your bills including electric, water and heating bills. Remember you will need to pay for your TV licence and broadband. Having a set budget will ensure that you have enough money to see you through the month whilst also allowing you to save some for a night out! Make sure you and your housemates are clear about who will be paying for what bills and how the payment will be made each month. Most student Tenants set up a joint bank account and pay in a specific amount each month. Standing orders can then be paid from the joint bank account.

To take the hassle out of calculating your bill payments each month, why not take a look at our all-inclusive bills packages?  You can even opt for our Clean Plus package to get your house’s communal areas cleaned each month.


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