To conclude our three-part blog series on student rentals tips and advice we have put together helpful hints for students moving into rental accommodation in the coming months. It is important to enter this process with both eyes open. All too often situations unfold whereby students and parents feel ripped off, landlords are disheartened by student tenant behaviours, and an overall tense and uncooperative relationship develops between landlord and student tenant.
For many students, the house hunt for college term September 2016 has begun! This blog post is relevant to any student beginning a rental or any leaving cert student looking to move out of home come September. This blog post, like the last, has been directed at prospective student renters, as they are the most often messed around and taken advantage of by landlords, but the principles may be applied to any renter beginning a lease agreement and hoping to receive their deposit back at the end of the term of the lease.
Although the reputation of student renters has been tainted by menacing characters who wreak havoc on their rented accommodation, the vast majority of students in Ireland appreciate the vast expense of their yearly rentals and are civilised for the most part!
It is a profitable market for landlords, many of whom charging higher prices due to individuals rather than one family renting their property. Unfair as this may sound, the student landlord has most likely had its fair share of stings and are not looking for a second sting. For this reason, students are charged higher rents and higher deposits than other renters.
Read your lease. Tedious as it may seem it is important to know what is expected of you during your rental. You also have a chance to question or dispute some of the terms before signing.
Try not to rush in. It is a landlord’s market. With the intense shortage of rentals available in cities across the country landlords have the power to put pressure on renters, to force leases and high prices. Keep your cool and suggest reasonable negotiations if you so wish. Don’t dilly-dally though or you may lose your property! – there’s a fine line!
Make a good impression at a viewing. Many houses and apartments for rent may be visited and interest lodged at a viewing evening. Dress smartly, act politely and make a good impression! Your prospective landlord is likely to be there and will want to see responsibility if they are to let their property to you.
An essential task that must be performed by anyone moving into a house is to snag the place from top to bottom the day that you move in and a list of all apparent damages sent to the landlord. This sets the baseline for the apartment and an agreement should be made between you and your landlord that this is the state that you will return the apartment in order to receive a full reimbursement of your deposit.
Throughout the year at your rental, should anything break or require fixing or replacement, you must speak promptly with your landlord or agent about it. If an appliance breaks down it is the landlord’s responsibility to fix or replace it. However, if you do not inform your landlord and it is discovered after your departure, it may be seen as damages and could well be deducted from your deposit balance.