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.
As always if you have any questions or would like to contact me them e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone me 01695 657311
Thanks again for reading, and good luck with the house hunting