Advice For Tenants
Moving to a new property is exciting and we want to make sure you get settled in smoothly and as quickly as possible. If we haven’t covered something or you require more information, then please don’t hesitate to call us on 01274 745 885.
How much council tax do i need to pay?
Full time students do not pay council tax. If you are a professional or part-time student, then you can check how much tax you’ll need to pay here.
Do i need a TV license?
If you use a laptop (or any other device) to: watch or record television programmes as they are being shown on TV or live on an online TV service; to download or watch BBC programmes on demand including catch-up TV on BBC iPlayer, then by law, you need to be covered by a TV Licence. Purchase a license here or call 0300 790 6131.
Should I get home insurance?
We recommend that all tenants purchase their own contents insurance. However, the property you will live in is insured as a building to the legal requirements of the United Kingdom.
How to keep your property safe:
While you are away from home, it is important to keep your property secure and your contents safe. Insuring possessions of value is a great idea, but here are some more practical tips to help keep your contents safe while you are away:
- Check all windows and doors are locked, as well as curtains drawn before leaving.
- Do not post specific holiday dates on social media as this could inform others when your property will be empty.
- Take any costly possessions with you or leave them with a trusted friend.
- If you are away for a long period, you could put your expensive items into storage.
- Automatic timer switches can be bought from most DIY shops & give the illusion that someone is in. Set a timer to turn a lamp on during the evening while you’re away.
- Unplug all of your appliances to protect them from power surges as well as wasted electricity.
- Check all of your taps are turned off.
- Just before you leave your home, spare a few minutes to walk around your home and double check everything is safe and secure.
How do i report an issue with my appartment?
Please visit our Online Maintenance Office here, where there is a step-by-step guide on how to report an issue and our Maintenance Team will resolve as soon as possible.
What do i do in the event of a theft / break in at my property?
If you are locked out of your property you can call our emergency number (provided on your tenancy agreement), but you will be required to pay the call-out charge when our engineer lets you in.
What do i do if i am locked out?
You should call 101 and ask for the police. Request a crime reference number and notify us of the incident.
How do I end my tenancy agreement?
Once you have signed a tenancy agreement you cannot break the contract. However, in exceptional circumstances we might be able to help you end the contract sooner. Please contact us for further details.
How do I update my address?
A Guide to student accomodation
Shelter Housing Advice NI
NUS Housing Advice for Student Accommodation
Problems with Rented Student Accommodation
Citizens Advice Bureau