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Students save hundreds of £’s and pay nothing to move in

Students save hundreds of £’s and pay nothing to move in
Blue i Students save hundreds of £’s and pay nothing to move into their property.
 
Blue i continues with its aim of helping find quality accommodation for Derby’s students. Our latest way of helping our new tenants is to waive the need for Holding Fees and Tenancy Deposit, thus saving students hundreds of £’s. When you include this with no Admin Fees it means that Student Tenants pay nothing to sort out their accommodation.
 
We have three properties, where previous groups have unfortunately broken up and we need to find some lucky people, who will save a shed load of cash on some very comfortable accommodation ranging from single bed en-suites studios up to six bed group houses.

These great inclusive deals are on a first come first served so please give us a ring on 01332 371661 or get in touch via email or come into our office on Ashbourne Road opposite the energie fitness gym to save lots of money and arrange a viewing. Let us know your budget and we will see what package we can design specifically for you. We have the following properties available:
 
                        Milton Street with six en-suite bedrooms £67pppweek exclusive or £86.50 inclusive

                                                                       

                                    En-suite bedrooms                                                                                                 Delightful open plan kitchen

Milton Street – this is a lovely six bedroom en-suite property, which came back on to the market a few weeks ago. Available for individuals or groups it comes with TV, a great open plan kitchen and lounge, plus a lovely beer garden at the rear. It is close to the bus route No 55, an 18 minute walk to the Copper Building or 20 minutes walk to Brittania Mill. It can be rented with no Admin Fees, no Holding Fee and no Tenancy Deposit for an exclusive rent from £67pppweek, a fully inclusive package at £87pppweek or we can create a rental package to suit your budget with say a half inclusive package.

                                          Uttoxeter New Road with six large double bedrooms from £58pppweek

                                                                     
                             Large double bedrooms                                                                                                One of the shower rooms

Uttoxeter New Road – this very comfortable large five/six bedroom property split over three floors is a 9 minute walk from the Copper Building or 11 minutes to Sadlergate. It has two shower rooms spread over two floors and is available from July 1st onwards. If you don’t want to walk it is on the main bus routes into town and other campuses. It has no Admin Fees, no Holding Fee and no Tenancy Deposit. The exclusive rent is from £58pppweek, fully inclusive at £77pppweek or we can tailor make a rental package to suit your budget with different utilities.
 
                                                    Kedleston Road with two vacant loft rooms with mini kitchen

                                                                      
                                      Spacious kitchen                                                                                                    Large double bedrooms

Kedleston Road – we have a lovely classic house on Kedleston Road with two spare large loft rooms available in this lovely. Very well situated with a 12 minute walk to Kedleston campus and 7 minutes to Brick Mill Campus. It has two bathrooms on the first floor, large lounge, dining room and huge kitchen. It is available with No Admin Fees, no Holding Fee and no Property Deposit. The exclusive rent is from £65/week or fully inclusive at £84/week or we can tailor make a rental package to suit your budget.

Call us on 01332 371661 to find out more and arrange a viewing.
 
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Seeking Accommodation After Uni

Seeking Accommodation After Uni

Thinking about life after university can be a bit daunting. For those who have a graduate position lined up, the future may seem slightly less problematic but it’s still a bit tricky leaving education and finally entering the world of work with all its huge opportunities. Some people take some time out and go home after uni and chill but if you don’t want to or can’t, we’re here to help.
We at Blue i can give you tips and advice about house hunting, post-uni, as it can be a bit of minefield.

Shared accommodation
Renting with other professionals (or students) in a house or flat share can ease the financial burden and smooth your transition from uni life. If you and a friend or group of friends plan on living in the same place, shared accommodation can be a good idea. Alternatively, you can join an existing house or flat share through sites such as Spare Room It certainly works out cheaper but sometimes the same old challenges of cleaning and pots and pans pop up.

Proof of income
Most landlords or letting agents will usually ask to see either your employment contract, recent payslips (normally about 3 months) or bank statements (again 3 months), or a letter from your employer offering you the job. This information will be used to create a Credit Reference, crucial to any AST contract. If you don’t have a job immediately after you graduate and aren’t claiming benefits, you’ll most likely be paying through independent means. This usually means you’ll require a guarantor and need to provide bank statements, showing savings for at least six months for the term of the tenancy.

If you do have a graduate position but don’t start until a few months into your tenancy, your landlord or letting agent may be flexible regarding your savings so long as you can provide proof of your future employment. Basically the more information you have to support your application the better.

Council tax
Up until now you most likely won’t have paid council tax before, because student properties are exempt, but don’t worry; paying council tax is easy. You’ll usually be able to find information, set up direct debits, or make payments via your council’s website but if you’re having difficulty finding this, you can go to https://www.gov.uk/pay-council-tax, put in your postcode, and you’ll be redirected to the appropriate webpage.  In terms of cost most two and three bedroom terrace houses in Derby are Band A, whose charge is £1,139.92/year. This is normally paid over ten months by Direct Debit.

More help
Post-university life is a challenge, what with getting up early, getting use to the world of work and finding accommodation but here at Blue i we are to help. Do pop in for a cup of tea or coffee and biscuit, met the dogs and learn what letting is all about. Don’t forget that there is a huge mind boggling amount of information on line and one place to start is including the government’s comprehensive checklist for renting in England.
 
 
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Tenant Fees Ban: What Does This Mean for Renters? 

Tenant Fees Ban: What Does This Mean for Renters? 

 

From 1 June, landlords and letting agents will no longer be able to charge tenants letting fees, according to the government’s new Tenant Fees Act 2019. Prior to this new bill, you could be charged for anything from admin fees to credit checks, reference fees, guarantor fees, etc. when you signed a tenancy agreement.
This sounds like great news for tenants as high fees have long been a bane on many private renters’ lives and it all mounts up.

According to Letting Fees UK, the typical two-person household is charged £404 upfront in non-refundable fees and under the Tenant Fees Act, renters will save £190m in total in the first year alone. But this legislation has been in the works for some time as it was initially proposed on 23 November 2017 when the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, announced it in his Autumn Statement to protect renters from excessive fees.
Tenant fee ban what does it mean for renters in Derby
Following approval by parliament, the Tenant Fees Bill received Royal Assent on 12 February to become known as the Tenant Fees Act 2019. This Act outlines the government’s decision to outlaw letting fees paid by tenants to landlords and letting agents and places a cap on deposits.

Under this new law, tenancy deposits must not exceed five weeks’ rent and holding deposits cannot be more than one week’s rent. Additionally, agents and landlords will still be able to charge tenants a maximum of £50 when a request is made to change or prematurely cancel their tenancy.

We have already mentioned Holding Fees as they come under scrutiny. You only have 15 days to the paperwork signed and start the tenancy, unless you have a Written Agreement with the agency or Landlord. There are still Default Fees for breaches of the Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) and so make sure you read all the small print in the AST before you sign it.
They can also still charge for utilities – i.e. gas, electric, and water – “communication services” – i.e. Wi-Fi and broadband – and Council Tax or to replace a tenant’s keys or a lock alongside a charge on late rent payments.

But despite its noble intentions, could this leave tenants facing rising costs from landlords and agents? According to ARLA Propertymark, an organisation representing over 9000 UK letting agents, they are, “concerned that these costs will be passed on to landlords, who will need to recoup the costs elsewhere; inevitably through higher rents.”
Whether or not tenants will see higher rents is yet to be seen, we’ll have to wait until June to find out.

Blue i Properties
April 2019
 
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No Admin Fees, no Holding Fees and no Property Deposits

No Admin Fees, no Holding Fees and no Property Deposits
Blue i offers properties with no Admin Fees, no Holding Fees and no Property Deposits
 
Blue i was the first of the Derby student letting agencies to offer no Admin Fees in 2018 and now has a special offer to help students with these introductory offers of no Holding Fees and no Property Deposits. With only eight properties left to fill we need to find some lucky people to save a lot of money on some very comfortable accommodation ranging from single bed en-suites studios up to six bed group houses due to unfulfilled contracts.
 
We are offering some great rental inclusive deals as well so it is a case of come into our office on Ashbourne Road opposite the energie fitness gym or give us a ring on 01332 371661 to save some money and arrange a viewing. Let us know your budget and we will see what package we can design specifically for you. We have the following properties available:
 
Markeaton Roundabout/Ashbourne Road – a group break-up means that this five bed or it could be reduced to a four bed property with two bathrooms, new bedroom furniture and a lovely garden is now available. It is a few minutes walk from Kedleston Campus, close to Markeaton and Brick Mill and right on the bus routes for other campuses or town. No Admin Fees, no Holding Fee and no Property Deposit – exclusive rent from £71.35/week or fully inclusive at £90.91/week or we can tailor make a rental package to suit your budget.
 
Bass Street –with five good sized rooms or it could be a four bed property, with two bathrooms, recently redecorated with new furniture, imposing corner house, ideal for Kedleston, Markeaton Campus and Brick Mill campuses. It is next door to the bus routes and so quick to town. No Admin Fees, no Holding Fee and no Property Deposit. The exclusive rent is from £73.65/week or fully inclusive at £93.22/week or we can tailor make a rental package to suit your budget.
 
Milton Street – a cancelled contract means that we have this lovely six bed en-suite property has just come on to the market. Available for individuals or groups it comes with T V, a great open plan kitchen and lounge and a lovely beer garden at the rear. It is close to the bus route and has No Admin Fees, no Holding Fee and no Property Deposit. The exclusive rent from £79.41/week or fully inclusive at £98.97/week or we can create a rental package to suit your budget.
 
Uttoxeter New Road – another group split means that this large six bed or it could be reduced to a five bed property with two bathrooms over three floors is now available. It is and right on the bus routes for other campuses or town. It has No Admin Fees, no Holding Fee and no Property Deposit. The exclusive rent from £63.99/week or fully inclusive at £83.55/week or we can tailor make a rental package to suit your budget.
 
Kedleston Road – we have two spare large loft rooms available in this lovely classic house. Very well situated for Kedleston and Brick Mill Campus with two bathrooms, large lounge, dining room and massive kitchen. It is available with No Admin Fees, no Holding Fee and no Property Deposit. The exclusive rent from £65/week or fully inclusive at £85.16/week or we can tailor make a rental package to suit your budget.
 
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Learn to love oneself Yoga class at Energie Fitness Derby

Learn to love oneself Yoga class at Energie Fitness Derby
Although I have been to a few Yoga classes over the years I have never been to one that was carried out in near darkness. The problem was I arrived a few minutes late and had not expected that all the dozen participants must have been ready and waiting well before 7pm. I stumbled into the semi dark Studio armed with an exercise mat to find it full and only a small space at the front, to the right of the instructor. Great location for a beginner to see what was going on and helped by the light, I realised that maybe I would able to get away with doing the exercises wrong!
 
Looking around the Studio there were two other guys and ten ladies, who were all well kitted out in colourful gym gear, whereas I was in my bog standard loose grey tracksuit. Maybe in this sort of class I should consider dressing the part, especially as a rusty beginner.
 
The lady instructor, whose name I forgot was welcoming everyone as I took up my position. She soon got into the rhythm of the exercises and one of the nice things about these classes is that you don’t have to think about what comes next, as the instructor describes what one has to do with your arms and legs. As a beginner you certainly have to concentrate on which side is right and which is left, which direction is up and which is down. 
 
As you know there are Indian names for all the movements and positions but unfortunately the names meant nothing to me and so concentrating hard we all ploughed on. Some of the ladies had obviously done Yoga before as they appeared to flow effortlessly from one exercise to another. Meanwhile I was sort of moving from one position to the next, whilst trying to remember where my arms and legs were supposed to go and stealing a quick peak at what other people were doing. The peaking made me realise that I was not the only person, who was a bit lost, as there were a number of other uncoordinated bodies in the Studio. 
 
This realisation was confirmed when the instructress said that next week she was going to suggest that the Monday evening Yoga class would be for experienced Yogistas and the Thursday evening class would be for beginners, so that the latter would not hold back the former and that the beginners would learn the correct moves and the names. An audible sigh of relief could be heard.
 
During the relaxing part of the 75 minute session we had a very interesting expalantion about Yoga being all about “loving oneself” and that this was the beginning of self confidence and ability to love others. Although I knew that Yoga was all about the link between mind and body, I was not quite expecting the philosophical to start at the first session. Certainly it was very nice to hear and I look forward to hearing more as in this hectic world we live in, we need more love and understanding if we are to overcome the many challenges the UK faces.
 
Roll on next Thursday and this time I need to get there early to book a better place. Maybe we will see you there as this sort of class can only help reduce the stress and improve one’s wellbeing. Please note that if you are a Blue i tenant then we will help with the membership fee, as we now from personal experience how important exercise is in keeping one healthy… more details click/tap here >> ENERGIE FITNESS DERBY

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