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Tips for students planning to rent

February 9, 2017 | Students  

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1. The Deposit

You should always ensure that your deposit is paid into an accredited deposit scheme, protected under one of the three Government approved Tenancy Deposit Protection Schemes. Let Leeds uses the DPS which securely holds deposits. This is a legal requirement in the UK.

2. Do your research

There is a wealth of guidance available for student rentals. Before searching for a property, it is important to do your research so speak to other students, check university advice websites or contact the Let Leeds Student Team on 0113 322 9324 for guidance.

3. Use a reputable Letting Agent

Our Student Team are experts in their field. Many of them were Leeds students so know the area and properties inside out. We offer free face-to-face consultations to help match you to your dream student property. These can be booked by calling 0113 322 9324. We are an award-winning team so you can rest assured that you are in good hands.

4. Read your Tenancy Agreement

Once you have chosen your property you will have to sign a Tenancy Agreement. It is crucial that you read through this carefully. The Tenancy Agreement is a legally binding document which details the obligations and responsibilities of you the Tenant and the Landlord. It is important that you familiarise yourself with the terms of the Tenancy Agreement as failure to fulfil a term will lead to charges being incurred.

5. Bills

When working out your budget it is important to factor in other costs on top of rent. Utility bills, TV licence and internet access costs will need to be planned and budgeted for which can be quote stressful and time consuming. To take the hassle out of planning and paying for your utility bills we offer all-inclusive bills packages which allow you to make one simple payment to covers all of your bills. To find out more about our all-inclusive bills packages please click here.

6. Safety and Security

Areas dominated by student accommodation can have higher than average burglary rates so security should always be a key consideration when looking for a student home. When viewing the property check that door and window locks are in good order. If there is a burglar alarm, ensure the Landlord shows you and your housemates how to use it and check that it is working effectively.

7. Insurance

Some insurance providers offer a student-specific insurance policy. So, if you’re not covered by your parent’s insurance policy it might be worth looking into these.  Make sure you have your own contents insurance.

8. Inventories

We will provide you with an Inventory when you move into the property. This lists the fixtures and fittings within the property, detailing their condition. It is also advisable to take a thorough photographic record of the property’s condition at the start of the Tenancy, if not included with the Inventory and schedule of condition, plus make comments if there is anything you disagree on.  

9. Speak to the current Tenants

Ask the current Tenants about their time in the property, if you get the opportunity. They will give you an honest account of living in the property so are the best people to ask.

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We have a range of fantastic student properties available. To see our full list click here or alternatively call our Student Team on 0113 322 9324.

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