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Information for Tenants
Liverpool has lots of student accommodation to choose from, of varying degrees of quality. There is also plenty of information available about the various areas students prefer to live in. Things to look out for include easy access to local amenities, bus routes, shops and supermarkets.
Having decided upon your preferred area and how many housemates you intend to share your home with, you need to find properties which have the right facilities for you. Internet access, fire and intruder alarms are a few of the important features and if the property has been fully refurbished this should mean that you will have fewer problems.
Check the cost of rent carefully and what this includes. Check also how and when you are expected to pay e.g. monthly or per term. Once you sign a Tenancy Agreement you are legally required to meet your financial obligations and as payment dates may not coincide with those of your Student Loan, it is important that you budget carefully.
Once you have arranged to view, look out for signs that the property has been well maintained and that the landlord regularly carries out checks.
You may be asked to pay a Holding Deposit to reserve the property; make sure you are given a receipt for any money paid out along with obtaining a copy of any Application Form you are asked to complete to confirm the arrangement.
Check any contractual documents carefully before signing and if in doubt seek advice.
Make sure that there is a procedure in place regarding checking into your new home which explains all about the property, the Health and Safety features and that you read any Inventory and Schedule of Condition carefully before you sign this; this is a permanent record for both you and your landlord.