If you’re all set to start viewing properties then well done! You’ve tackled a big part of the student house process. But now it’s time to view some houses and make your mind up!
Viewing a Student House
If you’re looking at the student houses we have here at Strawberry, then you can simply request a viewing on the house page, or be giving us a call (old fashioned we know!).
The majority of student letting agents will setup a way for your to go and see many properties at once, which helps you quickly narrow down what you like and don’t like. You may be viewing them alongside other student groups, which can create a bidding war like atmosphere, but stick to your criteria and make sure to discuss with everyone in your group before agreeing to a property.
Here are some useful tips when viewing your properties:
- Is everyone coming to view? If not do they consent for you to agree on a property without them?
- Are you taking photos? This is particularly important if you aren’t all there to view, as it helps others decide without having to waste time with another viewing.
- Make notes! It’s really useful to look at your notes afterwards, as when viewing multiple properties in a day you will often forget the smaller details.
How to secure your perfect student house?
If you’re ready to go for it with one student property, then it’s time to make an offer and lock it in. This means that no one else can bid on the property until the next year!
You will most likely be asked to provide a holding fee in order for them to secure that house for you. Next you will want to sign any agreements or other fees involved and these can vary per agent (for Strawberry related fees, please see our Tennants FAQ section or contact us).
Some landlords will require you to pay fees that are required when drawing up the tenancy agreement and checking references / booking you in etc. These can vary per provider.
This is the main one that you will have heard of, and you may also have heard horror stories of people not getting their student deposits back. The amount you pay can range from 1 month to 6 weeks of total rent.
Their is a new law that requires students to pay into a Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDP) which is designed to protect renters deposits.
Some letting agents will ask for 1 months worth of rent up front, but this will vary per provider.
Tenancy Agreements and Contracts
You should provide the deposit after you have signed the tenancy agreement, as this will secure the property for you legally. You should always read through the documents you are going to sign, and are well within your writes to take it away and have a read before coming back and signing it.
Guarantor on Properties
A guarantor is used to almost insure you against not paying your rent. If you can’t pay for any reason then your guarantor is legally obliged to pay it for you. This will usually be a parent or close family member.