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8 tips on how to get your student accommodation deposit back at the end of the tenancy -

For many students at Chester University, one of the biggest headaches is managing your finances and making sure you have enough to live off when you’re not going to be receiving much income.  Renting student accommodation will require you to put down a deposit, usually around one month’s rent in case you damage the property or leave it in an unreasonable condition at the end of the tenancy.

Since April 2007, landlords have been legally required to safeguard the deposit paid by tenants, and place the money in a government-approved scheme, and at the end of the tenancy you have to return the property in the same condition that it was originally let, “allowing for fair wear and tear.” 

If you have been a considerate and reliable tenant, the chances are you won’t have any trouble in getting your deposit back, but there are certain steps you can take to protect your deposit to ensure that there won’t be any disputes at the end of the tenancy.

1. Check the property thoroughly when you move in

Take pictures or make notes of any existing damage or other problems and highlight them to the landlord or letting agent to ensure you will not be held responsible for them at the end of the tenancy.

2. Take accurate meter readings

Your letting agent or landlord will take the meter readings when you move in but it is a good idea to take them yourself as a backup in case any problems arise.

Keep an eye on how much energy you are using to avoid any nasty surprises.

3. Notify landlord and/or agent of any breakages

It is your responsibility as a tenant to report any breakages or problems during your tenancy, otherwise you could be held responsible for the cost of repairs, especially if the problem escalates.

4. Keep property clean

Keep the property clean and presentable during the tenancy. The bigger the mess you make while renting, the more you will have to deal with when you move out.

5. Pay your rent on time

Nothing can make for a better landlord and tenant relationship, than tenants who pay their rent on time. If you can foresee a month where your rent may be a few days late, inform the landlord and letting agent as soon as possible to save any embarrassing phone calls.

6. Get permission to make any changes to the property

If you want to add your own personality to the property, make sure you seek your landlord’s permission first. Typically, deductions will be made from deposits for damage to walls caused by Blutac and sellotape or hanging pictures.

7. Leave the property as you found it

As you near the end of your tenancy, make arrangements to give the property a thorough clean. You may wish to consider hiring a cleaning company to make sure this is done properly. This also includes leaving the garden or outdoor area in good condition too. Make sure your housemates clean their own rooms too as students are usually jointly liable for any bills at the end of a tenancy.

8. Returning your keys

Make sure you return your keys clearly labelled to your landlord or letting agent to avoid being charges for duplicates.

Following these eight tips should ensure that you will receive your student accommodation deposit back without any hassle and will make for a problem-free tenancy during your time at Chester University.

For more information, please contact our Student Accommodation Team.

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