Students

No. 1 for Student Accommodation

Our aim is to provide you with an extensive range of student properties in Newcastle & the North East suited to your individual needs. Our guidance will ensure a swift and trouble free move to your new home.

For an unrivalled level of service, we aim to provide our student customers with friendly helpful advice you would expect from a professional, established letting agency.

Our team is always on hand to provide advice on renting student properties, so please do not hesitate to phone, email or ideally call in.

The following is a brief outline of our services and information on how to let a property:

 

Students Guide To Finding A Property

Step 1 – Finding a suitable property
The first step is to find a suitable property; this can be done by accessing the Property Search pages, registering and arranging viewings.

Alternatively you can phone or call into our office in Jesmond for full in-depth advice.

Step 2 – Viewing a property
Once a suitable property or properties have been identified an accompanied viewing can be arranged.

Step 3 – Reserving the property
An initial administration fee of £100 per applicant is charged to secure the property. This initial fee is deducted from the total fee of Half the agreed months rent plus VAT.

The initial administration fee is non-refundable in the following circumstances:
a) you decide not to go ahead with the tenancy
b) you fail your reference check
c) you fail to pay the balance of our fees, agreed rent and damage deposit (see below) prior to the 14 day deadline or 3 days prior to the move-in date.

In order to complete the reserve of a property a reference must be complete by any prospective tenant.

Step 4 – Signing Contract and Balance Payment
Once references have been passed we will guide you through completing all of the relevant documents and receiving any amounts due in advance.

Quick Reference Guide

References
On behalf of the landlord, an independent referencing agency undertakes reference verification and credit checks on each applicant. We forward to the referencing agency completed referencing documentation which will require details of your any employers, bank account, any former landlords, a guarantor and a character reference. This can take around 48 hours.

Guarantor
In most cases student applicants may require a suitable guarantor willing to accept and underwrite any rent and tenancy liabilities before the application can continue. Guarantors will need to meet the same reference and credit check requirements as the applicant.

Identification
Proof of ID will also be required. When you produce the required documents at our office, photocopies will be taken, and the originals returned to you before you leave. Do not send originals, they cannot be processed in your absence. Suitable identification documents are: A full and current Passport or a current valid Photo Driving License.

Rent
Payable in advance by Standing Order, unless alternative arrangements are agreed in advance

Council Tax
If everyone living in your house is a full-time student then you are exempt from paying Council Tax. If only one person in your house is not a full-time student, then you must pay a reduced Council Tax bill. You can organise all this with the council online.

Utility Bills
Council Tax, Water Rates, Gas, Electricity, Telephone, Audio Visual network services and TV License costs remain the responsibility of, and must be paid by the tenant, directly to the relevant supplier unless alternative arrangements are agreed in advance.

Damage Deposit

Unless advised otherwise, a Damage Deposit (or ‘bond’), normally equal one month’s rent + £50 up to £750.00pcm and + £100.00 when over £750.00pcm, is payable upon receipt of satisfactory references. This deposit will either be passed directly to the Landlord, or where we are managing the property, it will be held within a Government Approved Tenancy Deposit Scheme until the tenancy ends. At the end of the tenancy we will inspect properties we are managing to assess any damages and appropriate deductions.
For more information about the tenancy deposit schemes please telephone 0845 6090696 or visit www.direct.gov.uk/tenancydeposit.

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