LET'S OPEN DOORS TOGETHER
If you're new to renting a house or flat, it can appear quite daunting, so we have come up with a list of NINE key steps you should take to ensure that you find the ideal accommodation.
At Keylet we have over 18 years experience providing quality homes to students in Cardiff, so you can feel certain that we have seen all the mistakes and problems that can occur and we want to make sure they never happen to you.
Hopefully these key steps will get you off to a great start and if you need more help then our offices are open daily with friendly staff happy to help with all of your queries.
Beware of agents who say all good houses go early, or there are few houses. There are more houses than students and great houses become available throughout the year. Be prepared to look at a lot of houses to get what you want. It’ll be worth it.
GOOD NEIGHBOURS = GOOD FRIENDS?
Choose who you share with carefully. That guy/girl in the flat next door might be nice now, but you will be living together for at least a year. Can you really put up with their love of hip hop, played all through the night at full blast?
WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET
Set minimum standards for the group. What do you want in a house: location, room sizes, double glazing? Stick to this, and make sure it is written in the contract before you sign.
SIZE DOES MATTER
Large houses (3 storeys plus, 5+ students) have to have a licence and ALL rented houses have standards which, by law, have to be met – find out what these are before you look.
Never view a property alone, go in a group.
STASH YER CASH
If you hand money over be sure you know what it is for and get a receipt. You may not get an agency fee back, even if you don’t take the house. Beware of post-dated cheques.
THE NAMES BOND - PROTECTED BOND
Bonds/deposits have to be protected in a Government authorised scheme and you have to be given full details. This will ensure your bond is safe.
THERE IS NO ESCAPE
Contracts are usually joint, meaning that all tenants who sign it are legally bound by it. There is no notice period. You are stuck with that house, and those people, until the end of the contract.
THINK TWICE, GET ADVICE
If you are not sure about any aspect of looking for a house, contact the Union Advice and Representation Centre look on the Union website, talk to other students, and always chat to current tenants.