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A game of two halves

So the first semester is now well behind us, and after a welcome Christmas break it’s time to get stuck into the second half of the academic year.

There was a lot of activity before Christmas which included the likes of the launch of the new Students’ Union radio station L: 39 radio, selecting Edge Hill’s first ever team to compete on University Challenge, and running a project consulting with part-time students on how the Students’ Union can engage and represent part-time students more effectively.

And now that the Christmas break is over it’s time to look at what we’re planning for the next 6 months.

In less than two weeks on Monday the 16th January, the Students’ Union will be hosting an accommodation fair to coincide with the University releasing its registered housing list on Wednesday 18th January. The fair will offer students the chance to find out more about what to expect from living in student accommodation, and what to think about when looking round houses, and should give you a better idea of what your rights as a tenant are so that know where and who you can go to if issues arise while living in your student accommodation. We hope the fair will give you a chance to make an informed decision about where you choose to live rather than rushing into signing for a house without being as clued up as you can be.

(Hopefully you’ll have seen my two blogs before Christmas about accommodation and rogue landlords)

As well as this we also have our continuing project on hidden course costs that we hope to be able to update you on over the next few weeks, and later on in the year we will have our Graduation ball.

There will be plenty going on over the next 6 months and we’ll be sure to update you regularly on our goings on, but it looks to be an exciting second semester!

As always if you have any questions, comments or anything then feel free to e-mail me on suvpfas@edgehill.ac.uk or you can phone me on 01695 657311, or just pop over the Students’ Union for a chat!

Thanks again for reading

Billy

Rogue landlords……

I think it’s important to mention this with regards to following on from my last blog about house hunting.

One of things I didn’t really touch on was about landlords/letting agents (rather than say landlords/letting agents all the way through this blog I’ll just refer to them both as ‘landlords to make it easier!).

In the last few years of being at Edge Hill I’ve heard stories about some great landlords, Landlords that have gone that extra distance because they really value you as their tenants. They’re not in the letting business to swindle as much money out of students as they can, they provide a good service and if you act as responsible and respectful tenants, they will in return be respectful Landlord and will be available when things go wrong, will fix things that get broken etc without much hassle and without much delay.

However, as with a lot of things there are two sides to this coin, and while there are many landlords in the local area that will ensure you’re time in their house and peaceful and enjoyable, there are some landlords that from what I’ve heard from students over the years will be a nightmare for everyone living in that house for the duration of your tenancy. These landlords WILL try to swindle students for as much money as they can, WILL come round to the house without prior notice, WON’T carry out repairs in a reasonable time.

It is important that you are aware that landlords like this are about.

So with that in mind here’s what I suggest. after you look round a prospective house and meet with the landlord for that house, see if you can find out from other students what that landlord was like when they stayed there, or if they had that landlord in a different property.

If you find someone who had that landlord before ask them questions like, do they always give 24 hours’ notice before coming round? Do they carry out repairs in a reasonable time? Do they follow through on promises they make about changes/improvements to the house? Do they treat the students living in the house with the respect they should expect?

Remember, this is the house you will spend a year of your life living in; a year is a long time. Make sure you are happy with the property, and make sure you’re happy with the landlord.

To give you a bit of an insight into exactly what I mean, watch this short clip with comedian Sean Lock, where he plays a rogue landlord in a campaign video for the housing charity Shelter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1tB9y55UrI

As always if you have any questions or would like to contact me them e-mail me at suvpfas@edgehill.ac.uk or phone me 01695 657311

Thanks again for reading, and good luck with the house hunting

Billy

Accommodation, accommodation, accommodation.

First of all, let me just remind everyone that the Students’ Union AGM is being held next Monday (21st November) at 5:30pm in W1, and will be preceded by a presentation plus a question and answer session for the University’s Vice Chancellor John Cater. It’s a great opportunity to ask the University some challenging questions about what students can expect at Edge Hill next year.

In other news, most students will have only been in their current houses for around 2 months. But, in the coming weeks more and more students will be put under pressure to sign a contract on a house for September 2012, a house they probably won’t move into for at least another 9 months. The term my colleagues at NUS would use at this moment is ‘shame’.

 If you only ever remember one thing from any blog I’ve ever written, then make sure you remember this. DO NOT RUSH INTO SIGNING A CONTRACT ON A HOUSE.

I have heard so many stories from students that have come to see me saying they have problems with their house or with their landlord etc. and nine times out of ten it comes down to the same few things. They didn’t take the time to really look around different houses, didn’t really give themselves time get to grips with what they should expect as a tenant, and as a result didn’t make an informed choice about where there were going to live. Many of the students that I’ve spoken to on this explain that they are put under pressure from their landlord from November onwards to sign contracts on the house to keep it for next year ‘because the landlord has dozens of students queued up ready to sign a contract if they don’t sign in the next few days’. Don’t be bullied into making a decision without really taking the time to think about it and always give yourself 24 hours to properly read through any contract you get offered.

It’s worth noting that everything I’ve said above is the official advice being offered by the accommodation team at the University. They will be releasing their registered accommodation list on Wednesday January 18th, which follows on from the Students’ Union accommodation fair being run two days earlier on Monday 16th January. Make sure before you sign on any house for next year you do the following things.

·         Look round more than one house, give yourself a choice.

·         Check out all the accommodation advice on the Students’ Union website (which will be up by the end of the week)

·         Take at least 24 hours to read through any contract offered

·         Get your contract looked through by the accommodation team if you’re unsure

·         Use the Students’ Union and the accommodation team on campus if you need support or have any questions you want to ask about house hunting.

·         Make an informed choice about where you’re going to live.

·         Always make sure you get a receipt for money exchanges between you and your landlord/letting agent.

You can find the accommodation team in the Student Information Centre next to the library or you can contact them by e-mailing accommodation@edgehill.ac.uk  or phoning 01695 650800.

 As always if you have any questions or anything then please feel free to e-mail me at suvpfas@edgehill.ac.uk or you can ring me on 01695 657311.

Thanks again for reading

Billy