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Comment on If I'm renting a flat while I'm at university, should my deposit be protected?

If I'm renting a flat while I'm at university, should my deposit be protected?

Posted on Thursday 22nd of March 2018

If you're renting somewhere to live from a private landlord or letting agent and pay them a deposit, your money should be protected with a tenancy deposit scheme. This includes if you've moved somewhere new for college or university and are renting while you're a student. The landlord or letting agent will usually ask you to pay a deposit before you move in, then they legally have to transfer your money to a tenancy deposit scheme within 30 working days of the tenancy start date. The...Read More

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Making alterations to a property as a tenant

Posted on Wednesday 14th of March 2018

Many landlords don't allow any permanent changes to be made to their property. If you have an established and trusting relationship with your landlord they may be happy for you to make alterations. You will have to reach an agreement before thinking of doing anything - if you don't you may lose out on your deposit at the end of the tenancy. Any agreement reached should be put in writing so there is no room for disagreement at the end of the tenancy. If it's a phone call...Read More

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6 of the biggest mistakes student renters make

Posted on Tuesday 13th of March 2018

Moving in with too many people Flat sharing is a big part of being at uni. You can have a lot of fun living with friends, however, it's not always a case of the more the merrier. We all have friends that we love dearly but wouldn't trust to run a bath. Some people come best in small doses - a fun friend is not necessarily a good flatmate! Before you start looking for a flat consider which of your friends you'd like to live with and why. It might feel harsh to let...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits - Do I need permission to have guests stay over?

Ask SafeDeposits - Do I need permission to have guests stay over?

Posted on Wednesday 20th of December 2017

With many people finishing up for the Christmas holidays, you might plan on having guests to stay while you're off - but if you rent your home, do you need to ask your landlord for permission? Your tenancy agreement should have a clause which explains any conditions related to guests. For example, your tenancy agreement might say that you're allowed to have a guest stay for two weeks, but after this period you will need written permission from the landlord to allow them to...Read More

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Feedback survey results 2017

Posted on Wednesday 20th of December 2017

With New Year next weekend, we thought we'd take a moment to reflect on the results of our landlord and letting agent and tenant feedback surveys results from 2017. Tenant feedback survey We started with our tenant feedback survey back in July, receiving an astonishing 2924 responses in only two weeks. We're pleased to report that 86% of tenants confirmed they had received a welcome email or letter from SafeDeposits, which confirms their deposit is protected and includes a...Read More

Comment on Ask SafeDeposits - How do I stop my home getting damp this winter?

Ask SafeDeposits - How do I stop my home getting damp this winter?

Posted on Friday 15th of December 2017

There are lots of ways that you can help stop condensation and damp appearing in your home. Small changes can make a big difference, and could save you money and health problems further down the line. The impact of damp and condensation on your health can be significant as these issues can cause allergies, respiratory issues and even affect the immune system. Dry clothes outside - not on the radiators During winter, it's natural to want to dry clothes indoors, but doing so creates higher...Read More