Tags – Securing Deposit Return as a Student
There’s nothing worse than having to fight to get a tenancy deposit back.
And, it’s especially difficult for students, where every penny counts.
So, here are five tips to help ensure you get your money back, even from the grouchiest of landlords.
First things first:
1. Get Your Camera Out!
It’s vital you take photos of the condition of your rental before you move in and when you move out.
That way, you can prove that the damage existed before you got there.
2. Leave It Spotless
No matter the state the property was in when you moved in, ensure it’s spotless when you leave for the sake of your deposit, and the future tenants.
If you are moving into a messy place, push for a deep cleaning. However, we have seen some bad cases, and matters can be quite complicated.
3. Read Your Tenancy Agreement
It’s essential you read your contract before signing on the dotted line.
Find out what’s expected of you and comply.
That way, you shouldn’t have any issues when it comes to getting your deposit back.
Rules on pets, decorating, and the garden (if you’re so lucky) should be stated here.
So think twice before bringing round your furry friend, it may cost you a fortune.
- Record your meters. On the day you move out, take photos of the meter readings. This will reduce any confusion when it comes to getting your deposit back. These snaps might come in handy for clarifying how much gas and water you consumed and paid for during the length of your tenancy.
- Challenge and negotiate. Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself. Have you cleaned the place yourself to an expert standard and your landlords are still charging for a post-tenancy clean? Has the shower been broken for the last six months and now they’re charging you through no fault of your own? Get discussing- it will save you a fortune!
The Last Resort
If you’ve done everything you can possibly do to get your deposit back, and your landlord isn’t cooperating, never fear, the law is on your side.
The law is unambiguous when it comes to tenancy deposits. And, any squandering of your money may entitle you to three times the amount you originally paid.
If worst comes to the worst, contacting your MP, local councillor or tenancy association will give you the backing you need to finally get what’s yours!
To learn more, get in touch with us today.
In the meantime, please check our services for Student Accommodation Leicester.
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