Sam Bailey


29 June 2016 19:25

8 Things To Do When You Move In

Once you’ve unpacked the massive game of car tetris and finally settled into your new house, here are a few things you need to get sorted out to set you up for a good year! If you’re moving out and in on the same day, take a look at 8 things to do when you move out and remember the Advice Centre is here to help with any issues you have.

1. Agree the inventory

Your landlord or letting agency should give you an inventory detailing the condition of the house, how clean it was and any marks or broken items. It’s usually a sheet with photos of each room on, but you can take extra photos of any particular issues you find around the house. Some people have started taking videos of around the house, as it’s harder to face accusations of photoshopping or creative staging of photos if there was a dispute…

When you move out at the end of the year it’s useful to have as much evidence as possible to support your case if you disagree with money your landlord is trying to deduct from your deposit.

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Make sure you check around your house carefully for anything that could catch you out at the end of the year…

2. Sort out your council tax exemption

As a full-time student you will be exempt from paying council tax, and usually the University will pass your details on to the council at the start of the year. Make sure your term time address is kept up to date on your student record accessed through SUSSED.

3. Think about insurance

You might want to think about getting insurance for your personal belongings, especially if you’re moving out of halls and will no longer be covered by any policies they have. The Union works with Endsleigh who offer insurance specifically designed for students.

4. Check your contract

Go through the contract with your housemates to make sure you’re all clear on what you’re responsible for. It’s much easier to keep your garden in check throughout the year than try to wade through metre-tall grass at the end of the year.

5. Sort out utilities

Take meter readings for gas, electricity and water when you first move in and keep a record of the values. When you set up your contract with the new suppliers make sure you’re clear when you moved in and are therefore what you’re responsible for paying. Pass on any bills for previous tenants to the landlord or letting agent.

6. Make sure your deposit is protected

You have probably already paid the deposit when you signed the contract, but make sure it has been protected in one of three government-backed schemes (read more here) and that you have been given details of the scheme and a receipt. If you have any issues with this head to the Advice Centre and they’ll be able to help!

7. TV licence

If you have a TV make sure you get a licence for it and divide the cost fairly between everyone in your house… If you’re not in the house over summer and not using  the TV make sure it’s
unplugged and you might be eligible for a refund!

8. Contact with your landlordVAYR2---Union-brand-FB-post

Keep a record of any contact with your letting agent or landlord, particularly if they agreed to carry out any repairs or cleaning before you moved in. If they haven’t been done make sure you inform them in writing that they agreed this and that you expect it to be done. Make sure this discussion happens before you sign the inventory to say you are happy with the condition of the property.

Success! You’re all ready to get making your house a home… Don’t forget to share your experiences with halls or housing in Southampton and Winchester with other students through Vent About Your Rent – you could win £350!



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