Look after your student accommodation deposit!!
Once upon a time student accommodation had a reputation for being a bit grotty and drab. It was all to common to find mould around the windows, stains on the carpets and mismatched furnishings and nobody really expected anything more. But times have changed and student properties now are generally very nice, and landlords now have legal responsibilities that they must abide by if they wish to let a student property.
To get a student property up to a lettable standard may cost the landlord a fair amount of money. They may for example have to buy new carpets, new appliances or maybe fit a new kitchen or bathroom and this is why they may be excused for getting more than a bit annoyed when the property is not looked after by the students living in it.
Of course it is perfectly understandable that when you chuck a bunch of twentysomethings into a house together away from mum and dad for the first time, they are going to go a little bit mental sometimes. There will be drunkenness, there will be parties and inevitably there will be accidents and things will get broken. But that does not mean it is ok to go around deliberately damaging things and expecting the landlord to foot the bill.
When a property is let a tenancy agreement is usually signed, and a deposit, or a bond is usually paid. This is a sum of money that is set aside by your letting agency and at the end of your tenancy, if the landlord is happy with the condition of the student property the deposit will be returned. If however the property has not been looked after to an acceptable standard the landlord is within their rights to retain the deposit to repair any damage that has been caused.
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A certain level of wear and tear is expected, a new carpet may be slightly matted near a doorway for example, but cigarette burns or excessive staining would be seen as neglectful. A small scratch on a worktop may be an accident, but carving your name into it is vandalism and obviously completely unacceptable.
All landlords really expect is a bit of common sense and respect for the property. In most cases the deposit is returned with no fuss, but you shouldn’t bank on getting it back if you have not taken reasonable care of the student property,