As a student, you may be experiencing your first flush of adulthood, and you’ll find that you have a lot of responsibilities. If you are a tenant living in rented accommodation, there are many responsibilities to contend with. You need to pay your rent, take care of other bills, attend classes and you also need to ensure that you are a good tenant.
If you’re a student keen to learn how to be a good tenant, Student Circle is here to offer you guidance and support. We have helped students and tenants in and around Coventry, and we’re pleased to say we have helped many people enjoy a good standard of relationship in their Coventry rental accommodation.
Before you sign the tenancy agreement, it is important that you read through the terms and conditions. If you don’t do this prior to signing the agreement, you will likely lose the ability to complain about issues you don’t agree with. However, if you find issues in the agreement before you sign, you can raise these with the landlord, and you may be able to affect changes that help you and the landlord develop a strong relationship.
Paying rent on time and in full is essential for student tenants
Make sure you pay the rent on time and in full. Being a student can be challenging for many reasons with balancing your budget a genuine issue for many tenants. However, having a roof over your head is vital, and therefore, your rent should be your number one expenditure each month. If you experience difficulties in paying your rent, don’t avoid the issue.
It is best to appraise the landlord of your problems as quickly as you can, because they may be able to assist you or offer a short-term solution that minimises your problems.
It is imperative you keep the property as clean as possible
possible while maintaining the condition of your property. If this is your first time living away from the family home, you may find letting to be a challenge but keeping a basic level of cleanliness around the property is a must.
If issues arise, it is important that you inform the landlord as quickly as possible. Accidents can happen, and most landlords expect wear and tear around a home. However, if you leave issues to fester, they may become more difficult or more expensive to resolve. Also, if a landlord spots the problem before you inform them of the matter, they are less likely to be sympathetic to you with respect to the issue. Honesty is the best policy when it comes to rental property.
For your own benefit, retain a written record of issues in and around the home. You should inform the landlord but having a record yourself, perhaps in your email outbox, will provide you with protection in case a problem arises later.
Be mindful that there may be other people in the property or in a nearby property. Try to music and noise to a minimum late at night or early in the morning. With a student flat, some partying and hi-jinks are expected but remember that not everyone is on the same course or schedule as you. You may have free time, but another tenant may have an important class, module or even exam in the morning, so be respectful to others.
It is helpful to be respectful to your landlord. You don’t need to become good friends with your landlord but equally, you don’t need to be enemies. Your landlord has a right to access their property, although they should provide you with fair notice. If they do, you should try to accommodate these requests as best as you can.
If you follow these tips, you should find it easier to be a good landlord. At Studentcircle lettings, we’re delighted to have helped many Coventry and Warwick university students enjoy their rental property and if you need help or guidance, please get in touch as we are happy to help.