The 2019/2020 Accommodation Lists are available to download from the links below.
Tips on choosing Accommodation
- Consider what form of accommodation would suit you best, e.g. a house, an apartment or digs.
- Ensure you visit and inspect the premises before agreeing to take on any contract.
- When inspecting any premises, check for damp and mould and ensure that all locks on doors and windows are in perfect working order.
- Ensure that all fire alarms within the property are active and in working order.
- Ensure that a contract is given to you before paying any deposit or rent. Take into consideration if it is an individual base contract or a joint contract.
- When considering the price of the rent for the accommodation, always ask what additional bills are covered in the cost of the rent and consider what the extra costs on additional bills would be.
- If you have a pet/pets, ask if they are allowed to be kept within the premises – this will avoid problems occurring in the future.
- Before paying a deposit or rent, always ask what changes you are permitted to make to the premises and ensure to abide by what has been agreed upon.
- When paying a deposit and rent, always ask for a receipt.
- If relevant, ensure that there is sufficient parking space/storage for your mode of transport.
- If the premises has a garden, ensure you are aware of who is responsible for the upkeep/maintenance.
- When moving into a premises, ensure to take photos of every room and do the same when moving out. This will help to ensure that the accommodation is left in the same standard as it was when it was entered.
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Importance of a Contract
Although an oral contract is legally binding and enforces both landlord and tenant to abide by their rights and obligations, it is highly recommended to have a written contract instead. A written contract will help ensure that there are no miscommunication with the agreement and helps clarify any issues that may arise during the year. Always ensure to keep a copy of the contract for reference throughout the year.
Although contracts come in many different shapes and sizes, please be aware that a contract should at least contain the following information and details:
- Name and address of the property that will be rented and also that of the landlord.
- Contact details of both the landlord and the tenant.
- The amount of deposit that has to be paid on the accommodation.
- The cost of the rent, the rent due dates and the method in which the rent is to be paid.
- The date in which the contract begins and whether the contract is on a fixed term or ongoing term.
- Reasons for which the contract may end prematurely.
- The tenant’s obligations.
- The landlord’s obligations.
- If any work has been agreed upon before the tenant is to move in, the date in which the work will be completed.