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Below are four checklists to make sure you don’t forget important things that could end up costing you a lot in the long run. However, our main tip is that you don’t need to sign a contract before Christmas; we want you to make a properly-considered decision and get a fair deal before entering into this legal commitment.
It’s typical for empty promises of repairs and new furniture to be made during viewings. We recommend that you look for a property that’s already how you want it to be, unless promises are put into writing. If the current tenants are present during viewings, don’t be afraid to ask them about what their bills are like or if they’ve had any problems with the agency or landlord.
The landlord/agent should give you:
If you encounter any problems, contact our Advice Centre who will be more than happy to help you, whilst looking for housing or after you move in. Happy house-hunting and remember, there is a surplus of student accommodation locally, so you’re spoilt for choice!
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