Student lettings – the move to a rental property

You’ve found somewhere to live, now you need to make sure that you are given an EPC and an inventory.  If you are not happy with the quality of your inventory – check out a professional inventory on our website http://www.home-inspectionservices.co.uk/inventories.html – and, if your son / daughter is moving to university in Greater Manchester or Lancashire, then we can provide an independent inventory as you move in.  As property experts we know what we’re looking for.

The Energy Performance Certificate

Energy Performance Certificate - EPC

You should be given the EPC

What else should you expect from your landlord?  An Energy Performance Certificate or EPC. Your landlord is legally obliged to give you a full copy of the certificate not just the front page. The rest of the report provides you with key energy saving advice, advice that can help you save money.  We can help you to understand the report and thereby save money.

Your deposit

Within fourteen days of moving in, your landlord is obliged to provide you with detailed information relating to your deposit. You need to know that this money is being held securely.

There are three main government approved schemes, these schemes are designed to protect all renters not just students.

  • Tenancy Deposit Scheme Ltd
  • Tenancy Deposit Solutions Ltd
  • Deposit Protection Services

The inventory

Your inventory is the key to getting your deposit returned.  But remember – an inventory shouldn’t just be a list of what’s available in the flat or house, but clearly state the condition of everything. That’s what we do when we produce an inventory.  We clearly record, with photographic evidence embodied into the inventory, the state of the property when you move in. You can then use this record to compare the state of the property when you are ready to move out. We can do this for you as well.

The contract

Finally, you’ll be asked to sign a contract. Read it carefully, ask about anything you don’t understand before you sign it.

You can catch up on part 1 and part 2 of this series, using the links below:

Student lettings – how do you choose.

Moving on and finding the right property.

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