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5 Top Tips For Finding The Perfect Student Pad

5 Top Tips For Finding The Perfect Student Pad
Ready to start searching for a student pad in Derby? Here are our top tips for finding a fantastic rented property!

1.    Think location, location, location
Location matters, so think carefully about how far you’re willing to travel to the university, college or faculty. Make sure you also look at how close the property is to late shops, supermarkets, chemists etc.

2.    Take a close look at the property

Take lots of time to view the property that you like in detail during the day. This will give you a clear idea of both its internal and external condition. But then make sure you go back in the evening to see what parking is like, to find out about any possible noise from neighbouring houses, to look at the quality of lighting when walking home and the security of the property and any poorly lit areas.

3.    Know your deposit rights
With a good letting agency, the deposit will the secure property for you and will be later transferred into the government’s Deposit Protection Service to be refunded to you at the end of the tenancy, minus any monies for damages and repairs. If you’re not asked for a deposit, be careful, as the landlord will be getting their “insurance” another way, normally through increased rent or high bills at the end of the tenancy.

4.    Read your AST contract carefully
The contract you will be asked to sign is based on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement (AST for short) under Part 1 of the Housing Act 1988. It will normally last for the academic year and includes clauses like the names of the tenants, who is responsible for what, visits by the landlord, payments of utilities and rent payment dates. It is important to read this thoroughly before you sign.

5.    Check the inventory and certificates
The property inventory includes a list and descriptions of the condition of all the contents of the rented property. It is crucial to have your own copy of the inventory with photos of the whole of the house. You should also check whether the house is registered with the university accommodation office and Derby City Council. Don’t forget to ask whether the property has an electricity certificate, a gas certificate and battery or mains fire or smoke alarms and make sure you test these when you move in.

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