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A rental guide for students

Moving out to start your life as a student can seem like a daunting task, however knowing your rights and responsibilities means moving out doesn’t need to be stressful!

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Handing over your security deposit can feel like a risk, but rest assured your landlord cannot spend your hard-earned cash on themselves. They must protect the money in a government approved scheme within 30 days and give you details of where it’s being held. If your landlord does not provide you with this information, charities such as Shelter can help you claim compensation.

Shared houses

When renting as a student, chances are you will live in a shared house, or ‘House of Multiple Occupation (HMO)’ for a while at least. New rules came into effect on 1st October 2018 stipulating a room in a shared house must be at least 6.51 square meters for a single adult and 10.22 for a couple. There are also rules on how many people can live in the house to avoid overcrowding, plus your landlord has responsibility for obeying local refuse schemes as well as ensuring facilities such as waste disposal are functional.

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Using a properly registered letting agency such as can ensure your landlord is fully aware of their responsibilities and can assist with managing the property to keep everything running smoothly.

What if something goes wrong?

If something goes wrong with your property the first step is to contact your landlord or property management group, as it is their responsibility to maintain the property to a suitable standard. This includes ensuring any repairs required are completed swiftly and by a certified agent.

Companies working in property management Cheltenham and across England must be a member of a government-approved redress scheme in case of any disputes between landlords, agents and tenants. You then know when renting through a property management group there will always be a backup should you not be able to resolve any issues yourself.

First time renting?

There are loads of guides and support available for you on the internet if you are still anxious about taking that first step into the world and letting agents will always be happy to help with any additional questions you might have to ensure you live in a home you love.

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