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Getting your deposit back

With the end of 17/18 academic year approaching, it’s time to start getting your property ready to be handed back to the agents/landlords.

Here are a few simple steps that you can take to avoid deductions with your deposits.

Cleaning – Keep on top of your cleaning and maintain your accommodation throughout the year. Setting up a cleaning rota with your housemates might help too! Make sure you put your bins out on the right day – You don’t want them building up until you move out.

Damage – Accidents often happen. If the property does become damaged, make sure that you inform your agent/landlord in writing as soon as possible. With regards to general wear and tear, i.e. worn carpets, minor scrapes and scuffs, money can’t be deducted from your deposit.

Arrears – Keeping on top of your rent payments throughout the year is important. Speak to your landlord/agent if you are struggling – do not ignore the problem, it won’t go away.

Decorating – If you want to redecorate the house you are renting, you should always ask the landlord’s permission. When removing any furniture/wall art, make sure that you do not remove any layers of paint or leave any holes in the walls.

Timing – Make sure that you are aware of what date and time your tenancy ends. Allow enough time to move out and make sure you hand your keys back in before the deadline. You don’t want to be charged for extra days at the property for getting your dates mixed up.

Good luck with all your exams !