“Most students who are new to the UK will choose to apply for a university dormitory. This is because they are new to the country and are unfamiliar with the environment, and are worried that they may encounter problems in the process of renting a room, or even be deceived. Of course, there are also a few students who plan to rent a room off-campus. Here at Uhomes, we would like to give you some tips on how to rent a room off-campus.
When renting an apartment, make sure you ask what is included in the rent. Some houses include miscellaneous fees such as water and electricity, while others do not and require the tenant to pay for them themselves. However, if you are a student, you can apply for a student letter from your school and send it to the local government to be exempt from tax.
Note that the tax exemption period is the same as the period of your Leeds student accommodation letter. For example, if your student letter says that your classes end in June, but you don’t actually graduate in June, your local authority tax-free period will also end in June. If you are not working or not earning a certain amount of money per year, the agent or landlord may ask for a guarantor (guarantor) to cover your rent in the event that you are unable to pay.
Leeds rentals, showing you how to cut out some of the confusion!
There are also requirements for a guarantor, this person must be working in the UK and earning a certain amount per year to be eligible. If you are unable to provide a guarantor, it does not matter, most agents or landlords will accept an advance payment of rent as a guarantee, usually starting at 6 months rent. Finally, the main thing is that you must calculate how much rent you can afford before you look for an apartment and set yourself a range so that you can be more accurate in your search and find an agent who will be better able to recommend the right apartment for you. Before renting, check with your agent or landlord that all electrical appliances have been tested (Portable Appliance Testing) and you should ask to see the test certificate to confirm this.
You should also check that the property is equipped with smoke alarms or burglar alarms, and if the landlord provides the furniture, you should check that it meets the latest student accommodation in Leeds UK fire safety regulations. Before renting, you should check that the interior of the house is in good condition, that there are no signs of damp or peeling paint, and that there is central heating, as it is still quite cold in the UK in winter and it is essential to check that the heating is working properly. Many international students have to buy their own electric heaters separately in winter because the heating in their homes is broken or not warm. Besides that, do all the furniture and appliances in the house work properly? Are there any signs of leaks in the showers and taps in the toilets? If these things are found to be broken after you have moved in, there is a good chance that you will be asked to pay for them or have them deducted from your deposit if you have a bad landlord.
Remember to check all this before you move in and ask your landlord to fix anything that is broken before you move in. You may be thinking, how can I check this? No experience at all! Don’t worry, if you rent from a regular agent, they will provide you with an Inventory Report, which is a report on the inventory of your belongings.
When renting an apartment, tenants will be asked to provide a deposit, but this deposit is not for the agent or landlord to hold. Many international students end up not getting their deposit back when they check out, so it is important that you understand the legal requirements relating to deposits. Of course, I would also recommend that before you decide to rent an apartment, it is best to check out the area at night to see if it is quiet and safe at night. If it is noisy at night, it will affect your future studies and rest, so it is not advisable to rent such a house.”