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  1. House Hunting Paula Barker & Laura James

  2. House Hunting: Aim of Presentation: Discuss: • Who to live with and where • Type of accommodation • Tenancy agreements/contracts • Bonds/deposits – Tenancy Deposit Protection • Safety • Bills • Licensing • Repairs

  3. Friends from your course? Close to CU? On my own? City centre? How many of us? 4,5,6,8? Where? Who? Friends from halls? Outskirts of city? Commuting distance? With who & where?

  4. Accommodation Options: • Private rented accommodation • Private landlord • Lodgings • University residences • Private halls (Liberty living and Victoria hall)

  5. Check List • Is the property secure – Locks on windows & doors • Is the property in a good state of repair • Any signs of damp or condensation • Decorating or repairs need to be carried out • Enough storage space in kitchen/bathroom • Gas certificate • What is & isn’t included in the rent • Ask current tenants questions

  6. If you sign a contract and change your mind & don’t want to live there anymore you can not get out of my contract A contract is a legally binding document so once you’ve signed it your bound by it.

  7. Contracts

  8. The landlord/letting agency has to register your bond/deposit with theTenancy Deposit Protection Scheme (TDP) TDP was introduced by Government in 2007. Aim is to protect tenants’ deposits 3 TDPS: Deposit Protection Service Tenancy Deposit Scheme My deposits

  9. Inventory Inventory is a list of furniture, fittings and other equipment. Ensure it contains information on the content and also the condition of everything in the property.

  10. Safety • All houses must have a current • Gas Safety Certificate. • Landlords responsible for electrical safety. • You should have a clear, safe and uncluttered exit in case of fire. • Smoke detectors, fire blankets and fire extinguishers should be installed. • Doors and windows should have suitable working locks

  11. HMO Licence House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) = 5 people living in a house of 3 stories or more have to reach certain standards Has to meet minimum standard on: Bathrooms Kitchen Room size Fire protection Property will also be given a health & safety rating

  12. Additional Licensing • Any rented property in the Cathays area with 3 or more occupants will be required to have a licence. • WHY? • To improve security and energy performance of properties • Ensure there are sufficient bathrooms, storage and cooking facilities for the number of tenants licensed to be in the property • Will check fire detection and prevention systems, and locks on windows and doors

  13. Bills, bills, bills • Check what utilities, if any, are included in your rent • Find out who your utility suppliers are (Gas 08706 081524 Electric 0845 60159721) • Read the meter and keep record of it when you move in • Ensure all names are on the bill • Full time students are exempt from council tax • Decide how you’ll pay • If you have problems making bill payments let the company know as soon as possible

  14. Repairs The landlord is responsible for maintenance and repair of the structure and exterior of the property – responsibility for other repairs depends on what is agreed. • 1. Make a formal request in writing for work to be done • 2. Give the landlord a reasonable period in which to do it • 3. If it still not done, seek advice from the Student Support Centre or the ARC in the Students Union.

  15. Your Responsibilities • To the landlord • Must not deliberately damage property • Must behave in a ‘tenant like’ manner • Must pay rent on time • To your housemates • Be considerate to each others needs • Ensure you can pay towards the bills • Ensure communal areas are respected • To the community • Not all residents in local area are students • Be considerate • You may become subject to the University Disciplinary rules

  16. Your Rights Right to quiet enjoyment • Landlord has the right to inspect the premises however with your consent at a reasonable time and must give 24 hours notice Free from harassment • The landlord can not harass you in anyway. • The landlord can not withdraw electricity or gas supply to evict you. Harassment is a criminal offence

  17. Remember • Think carefully who you want to live with and where • Don’t feel pressured in to signing up for a property • Get your contract checked before signing • Supply outweighs demand for property in Cardiff – Don’t rush

  18. Contact Us Advice & Guidance Service, Student Support Centre Cathays Campus Heath Campus 50 Park Place 2nd Floor Cardigan House 02920 874844 02920 742070 • • Twitter: @CardiffUniSSC • Facebook: Student Support Centre – Cardiff University