“Renting a student accommodation in London has many details that make international students suffer a lot. Today, Xiaoju will focus on paying rent and deposits in student accommodations, and give everyone solutions to various problems that students face. When paying the rent and deposit for a student accommodation, one should always remember to ask for an invoice or receipt, along with making sure that the payment amount, date, your name, the other party’s name, and the content of the payment (deposit, rent, intermediary fee) are clearly written on it. Of course, most homeowners still prefer cash payment, but it is best not to pay in cash. You can use bank draft, check or bank transfer. These are the safer methods of payment.

Second deposit
After confirming a property and preparing to rent it and pay the deposit, the landlord can no longer rent the house to others. However, if he changes his mind and refuses to rent, the landlord may refuse to refund the deposit on the grounds that he has delayed his offer of a student accommodation to others. Therefore, you must be considerate before paying the deposit to avoid unnecessary losses.

Three damage deposit
A damage deposit, sometimes called a security deposit, is usually paid to the landlord when the tenancy agreement is signed. If the following situations occur during the renting period of the London student accommodation, the expenses incurred will be deducted from the deposit accordingly.

1. Damage to housing facilities;
2. Failure to pay rent;
3. Lost items;
4. House cleaning fee;
The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has been implemented in the United Kingdom a few years ago. student accommodation owners hand over the deposit to the homeowner or agent, and they then deposit the deposit in Custodial schemes to ensure that the deposit is guaranteed. This is a strengthened protection of the rights and interests of student accommodation London owners.

Implementing the TenancyDepositScheme makes it a bit harder for homeowners to unfairly withhold deposits. However, it is still necessary to have an accurate and detailed declaration or record of the house and its facilities and items when signing the lease agreement, so as to avoid unnecessary disputes.

Apart from individual living spaces, student accommodations now emphasize the importance of community spaces and amenities. Common areas such as lounges, game rooms, and communal kitchens encourage social interaction and foster a sense of belonging among residents. These spaces provide opportunities for students to socialize, relax, and engage in extracurricular activities, promoting a well-rounded college experience.

Four house lease permit
Homeowners with multiple properties in England and Wales (mainly referring to properties with more than three floors and rented out) must apply to the local council for a housing rental permit. Failure to do so will result in a fine of up to 20,000 and forfeiture of rent.The homeowner or agent who applies for a house rental permit must be able to prove their legal identity, and also check some of their previous actions and whether they have a criminal record (but not necessarily the existence of a criminal record will necessarily make them lose eligibility for student housing).

Therefore, if the house (homeowner) to be rented belongs to the situation mentioned above, the homeowner must be required to show a house lease permit to guarantee their own interests.

Five Gas Safety Certificate
If there are gas appliances in the house rented out by the landlord, he should issue a gas safety certificate within the validity period. Landlords must provide each tenant with a copy of the security certificate.
Note that before moving into the room, the landlord must be required to issue it.Even if there is no gas heating equipment in the rented room (for students), all electrical appliances must be checked once a year.”

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