How much do students need to pay for a deposit?
The deposit is 5 weeks as normal.
Do all students need a guarantor?
All students need UK based guarantors or the other option would be to pay 6 months up front, second instalment at month 5 of the tenancy or 12 months upfront.
What fees can/can't students be charged? (deposit, inventory etc.)
Alongside rent and deposits, agents and landlords are only be permitted to charge tenants fees associated with:
- A change or early termination of a tenancy when requested by the tenant.
- Utilities, communication services and Council Tax.
- Payments arising from a default by the tenant where they have had to replace keys or a respective security device, or a charge for late rent payment (not exceeding 3% above the bank of England base rate).
They cannot charge tenants for inventories, check outs, referencing:
- Credit and immigration checks
- Renewing your tenancy when your fixed term contract ends.
If I want to move-in in September, when do I need to start looking for a house?
We would always suggest looking at least 3 months prior. It is always good to get yourself registered so, as and when properties that meet your criteria come available, our agents can call you.
How much rent should I expect to be paying in London?
Anything from 150pw to £250pw per person.
Once I find a property online that I'm interested in, what are the next steps?
Our best advice is to register with the offices that cover the areas that you would like to be in, and as and when properties come available, they can call you. If you do see a property that you like on the web, give us a call and book a viewing imminently. Properties tend to go very quickly and viewing the same day would be advised.
Are bills normally included?
Bills are not normally included as students bills usually do not amount to much. Full-time students do not need to pay council tax but have to inform the local council of their student status.
Does renting through an Letting Agent mean I won't have to deal with a landlord?
Some properties are managed by the landlord directly and some are managed by Black Katz. The initial dealings will be with Black Katz and then, once you move in, you will deal directly with the landlord if the property is not managed. But we are just a phone call away if you have any questions.
What things do I need to think about when privately renting that I didn't need to think about in halls?
Register yourself for utilities and pay your bills on time, be mindful of your neighbours, pay your rent on time, make sure your landlord is aware of any repairs or problems with the property and enjoy yourself.