Being a landlord can be difficult, and this is even truer if you are a landlord dealing with student tenants. While the student market is appealing to many landlords and buy-to-let investors, it is important landlords understand that these tenants may provide additional pressure or require more assistance. Given that student tenants are likely living away from home for the first time, it is natural to assume that some issues will arise that landlords must be ready to deal with. There is a need to ensure that landlords are ready to deal with unexpected problems or issues that arise on occasions. An example of a situation that landlords won't have to deal with every day but which will become a pressing issue if it arises is what to do when a student leaves university. If a student leaves university, it is likely to be a traumatic time for the student. The student may leave quickly, leaving a landlord in the lurch but even if the student’s exit is detailed in advance, it can still be problematic for landlords to deal with. Landlords will have concerns over students leaving university No landlord is ever going to be happy with a void property because a void property is a property that costs money as opposed to earning money. Also, if the student leaves during term-time, all other students are likely to have accommodation sorted, so it may be difficult for a landlord to find a new tenant at short notice. Therefore, landlords are right to be concerned about the impact a student leaving university can have on their business. The most important thing for the landlord to determine is the legal situation regarding the student leaving university and the accommodation. The style of tenancy that is in place for the students is important when planning your next move. The agreement of the tenancy is important for landlords in this situation If a number of tenants live in a student house, or an HMO and all the students have signed one rental agreement, the student must provide notice to leave the property. They then need to pay rent until a replacement tenant has been found. If the notice period expires and a new tenant hasn’t been found, the tenants that remain in the property are responsible for total rent. However, if each student held their own tenancy agreement, the student who is leaving should hand in their notice and then pay the remainder of the rent they owe or the rent that is due until a replacement tenant has moved in. In this scenario, the other tenants of the property are not responsible for the leaving student’s rent at any point, they are only responsible for their own rent. If the student who has left university leaves the accommodation and refused to pay rent, the landlord can take action. If a guarantor is in place for this tenant, the landlord may decide to pursue the guarantor to receive the rent they are due. Many students find that university life is not for them or that they struggle with their course. It is not a surprise that some students decide to leave, but this can impact on how landlords operate. If you are looking to manage this process or you need guidance on providing the best standard of student letting services, contact Studentcircle Lettings and we will be happy to help. We have worked on many houses from decoration to furnishing and dressing a property, we look at maximising the wow factor and longevity of the furniture and furnishings..