The best way to go about choosing a house is to find a group of people that you would like to live with and then look for a house for that number. Try to ensure that your group is homogeneous and get on well together.
Ask the current tenants to tell you about the house. A good landlord will encourage you to ask any questions about the property.
There is no single contract document used by every landlord. For example, some use the University’s Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement, others prefer to use their own document.
One sound piece of advice when it comes to signing your contract for a house is to ask the Guild of Students to look at it first. They have a dedicated team of housing specialists who will be happy to advise you.
The contract is a legally binding document so be sure before you sign that the terms and conditions of the contract are clear to all in your party. You are committed to paying and behaving in accordance with the contract once it is completed.
When you sign your contract, you will usually be asked to pay a deposit. It is often an amount similar to the monthly rent and is held to offset costs of damage or loss beyond normal wear and tear to the property. You may also be asked to provide references and possibly a guarantor. References help the landlord to check that you will look after the house and guarantors sign to say that you will fulfil your financial commitments.
All our properties meet the appropriate guidelines and, where necessary, are licensed with Birmingham City Council. For more information about what makes a property an HMO visit National HMO Network. You can also find out about HMOs and mandatory HMO licensing on the Birmingham City Council website Private Housing Services page.
Tenancy deposit protection schemes are designed to ensure that you get your fair share back at the end of your time in the house. Your landlord must protect your deposit in one of several government authorised schemes and inform you into which scheme your money has been placed. There is more background information about this on the National Landlords Association website.
Our maintenance teams are based locally and will be able to respond in a timely and positive manner should a maintenance problem arise. You will always have a means of contacting your landlord or a member of the Accredited Landlords group for assistance.