Housing

Finding an affordable and ideal student house can be tricky, especially in London. Here is some seasoned advice on how to tackle the tricky student housing market.
Finding suitable accommodation can be time consuming and stressful. The National Union of Students (NUS) has provided some useful house hunting tips.

The University’s website is a good place to start your search. The website has details of University halls of residence as well as private sector accommodation available to rent to students.

For any other questions/queries, visit the University’s Housing Advice pages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Tips!:

1) Carefully consider your housemates, who they are and how much you trust them to be responsible and considerate co-tenants. After all, all tenants are responsible for collectively and individually paying the rent effectively.

2) Take time to read through your contract carefully before signing, so that you understand exactly what you are agreeing to.

3) Make sure that you have full details of your landlords name, address and telephone numbers.

4) Make sure that you are clear about when your tenancy starts and when it ends and what happens if you want to end it early.

5) Be clear on how much the rent is and whether your rent is inclusive of bills such as internet, heating and / or electricity.

 

6) Ensure that your deposit is safe and secure by ensuring that you are opting in to a Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme. For more information, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your tenancy agreement will set out your duties as a tenant which will include the duty to pay rent. However, there are some terms that may not be explicitly stated in the contract but are never-the-less implied. For example, terms such as tenants should not be a nuisance and annoyance to neighbours, or damage the landlord’s property are implied terms.

Some of your landlord duties will include the following

          • Carry out annual gas safety checks and obtains an annual gas safety certificate. To see how this relates to students click here.
          • Not to harass tenants.
          • Carry out annual fire safety risk assessments
If you have a fixed term tenancy and you want to leave before it is due to end, your landlord will be able to insist that you continue to pay rent for the full duration of the fixed term. Your duty to pay rent will not cease by you giving notice and moving out of the property.

However, if your tenancy agreement contains a break clause it will be possible to end the agreement and your duty to pay for the whole fixed term early by giving the required notice. If you don’t have a break clause you should still try and negotiate as some landlords may be flexible but they will be under no legal obligation to do so.