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What to look for when viewing a student property

With our Housing Fair coming up on January the 25th, we've got some top tips for you when viewing properties.

If you're looking for your next student property and don't know where to start, make sure you go to the Union's Housing Fair on Friday the 25th of January from 11am-4pm. At the fair you will get the chance to speak to halls providers, estate agents, landlords and service providers to find out a bit more about the next steps in your student accommodation search.

Once you have found some properties you're interested in, here are some things to look out for when viewing them.

1. Checking inside

There are a few key things to think about when checking any defects inside the property:

  • Damp
  • Wires sticking out 
  • Bathroom sealants
  • Are any repairs needed?
  • Does the heating work and has it had a yearly check?
  • Can you get WiFi in the property? 

2. Safety issues

Making sure the property is safe to live in is important before putting down any kind of deposit. Here are a few things to look out for:

  • Is there a fire exit in the property?
  • Is there a fire alarm?
  • Is there a carbon monoxide alarm?
  • Do all the windows lock properly?
  • Does the landlord have a gas safety record?

Things to do before moving forward

  1. If you spot any of these issues, make sure to get it in writing from your landlord that they will amend them before agreeing to rent the property. 
  2. Check the inventory before you move in and tell the landlord if anything is missing. It's important to say something if you spot a mistake, as it could fall back on you when you come to move out and the item isn't there.
  3. Keep your copy of the tenancy agreement in a safe place.

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