Whether you choose to live in student accommodation or a privately rented flat, there are some things you should check and understand prior to moving in:
View your accommodation
If you have the opportunity, have a look around your accommodation before you pay any money or sign an agreement. That way you will know exactly what you will be getting as opposed to looking at pictures.
Read your agreement
There are different types of agreements and leases depending on the nature of your accommodation. It is crucial that you read and understand the terms you are agreeing to because once you sign a lease or tenancy agreement the terms will be binding and may be impossible to change or amend.
An agreement should at least contain the following in a clear and concise manner:
Your name, the landlord’s name, and the address of the rented property
Dates and duration of the tenancy: Please keep in mind that some tenancy agreements can include a 6 month “break clause” which gives the landlord or tenant the option of breaking the lease after 6 months without penalty provided written notice is given
Some leases don’t allow tenants to break, or assign a lease without paying a penalty so you must check with the landlord
Amount of rent payable: The agreement should state the exact amount of rent payable and when it is to be paid
Responsibilities of landlord and tenant: The agreement should clearly list the landlord’s obligations and the tenant’s responsibilities during the tenancy.
Sign an inventory form or take pictures
An inventory is basically a form that documents the condition of the accommodation and fixtures upon entry, and is then crossed checked upon moving out. There is no legal obligation on a landlord to provide an inventory for the accommodation to be rented; however, it can prevent any disputes occurring towards the end of the tenancy over any damage or wear and tear caused. If no inventory is provided it is highly recommended to take pictures or inform the landlord of any defects as soon as you move in.
Submit details to local council and energy providers
Full-time students do not pay Council Tax. Make sure you submit a proof of study letter to your local council as soon as possible or they will send bills to the address. If your utility bills are not included in your rent you, must contact your water and energy providers to set up a new account. This will ensure that you are only billed for energy that you have used and not what the previous tenant has used. If you are not sure who the water and energy providers are you must ask the landlord or letting agent.
Most properties are rented furnished, however there will be some things you will need to buy, for example bedding and towels. There are many places to go for these, and Oxford Street is close by both Hult London Campuses. For bedding and towels, we suggest the following stores:
More information can be found on myHult. Ask your recruiter for more information.