Things all students should know when renting privately:
- All students should have a written licence or an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement (this may be an online version)
- All adverts must be correct and contract terms must be honest and reasonable, or the landlord is subject to consumer law
- You have to keep the terms of the agreement but the landlord cannot make you leave or move, unless they get a court order from County Court
- The landlord has certain repair duties including timescales
- All providers of larger student developments such as those at Parham student village and Palamon Court, should be signed up to an Accommodation Code http://nationalcode.org/ This is to commit themselves to maintaining a minimum set of standards for their accommodation and their accommodation management; including repairs, staff and access.
- The agent, company or landlord should have a formal complaints process
- Remember to complete your inventory when you move in, noting any issues, and clean up during the year, and when you leave to prevent any recharges.
- Always communicate with your landlord or agent via email and keep a folder of all emails for evidence
- REMEMBER: There is lots of accommodation in Canterbury all year round. Wait until at least January before you start looking at rooms and agreeing your new flatmates. If you sign a contract too early you usually can’t get out of it. That is a lot of money to loose!!!!!!