College Top Tips – Accommodation
* Sharing rooms may seem fun and a great money saving idea, but it is likely you'll be living that way throughout the year and it may get annoying if the people you're with don't have the same ideas about sleeping or cleanliness or privacy
* If you're looking for private accommodation it might be best to ask your uni's Private accommodation office, they'd be used to the types of enquires you're likely to have
* Looking early may not mean you're likely to find something earlier and better, properties specifically for students are likely to be taken up until the end of the uni year so don't be put off if you do look early and can't find anything just yet
* Keep in mind student properties aren't likely to be the nicest but posters cover up any bad marks and if you're willing to do the cleaning it can end up not looking like such a slum
* London estate agents will generally have a fee of around £200. A good estate agent will arrange everything for your moving in date, including contacting all gas, electric and water providers and changing the account details, being present on the move in day to make sure everything is well.
* Beware of all you told by estate agents, remember if you buy the property they get commission, so they may stretch the truth to get a sale
* Keep in mind you will have to pay a deposit on any accommodation, likely a week's worth of rent upfront
– Housing Safety & Problems
* Remember it's most likely in your tenancy agreement your landlord is obliged to keep your house safe so any major problems should be reported and dealt with by the landlord
* Your landlord also has a responsibility to make sure your housing is inhabitable, meaning that everything is stable and necessities work and nothing in the house is of any danger.
* There should be a good water supply, food preparation and cooking facilities, a sink with hot and cold water, toilets and baths/showers and wash basins and drainage facilities
* If landlords fail to meet their obligations, even though they have had the problem brought to their attention, and been given enough time to deal with it, you should be able to take them to Court under the Small Claims
* Procedure, or get the repair done yourself maybe deducting the cost from the rent
* If a house is judged by the council to be unfit, the landlord can be forced to make it suitable with a certain time, if they fail, the council may do it themselves. If the housing conditions are too bad, the council can force the house to be closed or demolished. Any tenants will normally be rehoused.
*Even if your house is in a fit condition it shouldn't have many problems, whether it's one big problem or lots of little ones, if it affects tenants comfort significantly the council may be able to force the landlord to do something about it.
*No house should be infested with any vermin such as, rats, mice or pests like cockroaches. Local councils can deal with them but might charge a small amount.