StudentsGuide to moving in
Guide to Moving In
For a lot of students, their student property is their first home away from their parents. That’s why we have put together a moving guide, to make sure you remember all of the essentials.
Collecting the Keys
Once you have signed your contract and put down the deposit you will have secured the property for moving in. When your agreed moving in date comes, you will need to arrive at one of the Jeffrey Ross Estate Agents branches to collect your keys. These will have already been cut for you and all you will need to do is sign for them to prove you have received them.
When you move into your student housing it is essential that you take an inventory list. This will hopefully ensure that you will get all of your deposit back at the end. You will need to check over any damages and the condition of the property and take note of it so that once you move out there is record of it on file. Therefore, you will not end up paying for damages that are not your own. An inventory is a complete list of items such as property or goods (i.e. furniture) or the contents of a building and also a list of any damages (i.e. scratches to paint on the walls). If you keep note of these kinds of damages before you are fully moved in, then you will not be liable for paying for them after your tenancy has ended.
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Because your deposit is protected by the Deposit Protection Scheme and you will have filled out a full inventory list, you should not have any deductions from your deposit when it is due to be returned to you so long as you have not caused any additional damage during your tenancy. When you move out, you and your landlord will both need to contact the Deposit Protection Scheme and agree upon a returnable amount that suits you both.
Setting up and Paying for Bills
One thing you must not forget when moving in is that you will need to take a meter reading for your gas, electric and water. This is to avoid any additional charges added to your bills that may not have been yours. Another bill you should remember to keep on top of if you are using a television is your TV licence. This can be paid for monthly and will apply for the entire household. If you watch live television without a TV Licence you could face bills or even being taken to court as it is illegal to do so. You will also need to contact broadband suppliers etc if there are any extra services you require. They will then book a time and date slot for installation.
When it comes to your rent payment, you are better off setting up either a direct debit or a standing order for the payment to come out of your account automatically each month. This ensures you do not forget to pay the landlord the rent. This can be done through your bank once you have the bank details of your landlord.
Repairs and maintenance
If your property is managed by the landlord, once you have moved in you will be given your landlords contact details and any problems, maintenance queries etc. should all be reported directly to your landlord. Your bond will be held by the Deposit Protection Service until the end of the tenancy.
If your property is managed by the agents, Jeffrey Ross is your only point of call. Any problems, maintenance queries etc. should all be reported to Jeffrey Ross.