PC Charlotte, who is your campus Police Office, has offered a few tips:
When renting a house, sometimes things can go wrong. Usually, landlords are very good and will work with you to sort things out. However, if you find your landlord to be unhelpful or unfair, you may need to seek legal advice. The best thing to do is get in contact with Community Committee or the Union Exec and they will be able to help you out, or alternatively we recommend you contact the Student Support Centre at the University firstname.lastname@example.org and or specific legal advice go to www.communitylegaladvice.org.uk
Here are some pointers that you should remember:
Check the house – When you move in, check the house over for damages, stains, malfunctions, damp patches on walls etc. Log them with a time-stamped photo. Do this as soon as possible so you can prove it had nothing to do with you and your housemates living there. You could find you have no way of proving it wasn’t there before you, and have your deposit taken off you
Clean house – There’s nothing worse then moving into your house, and find when you get there that it is a mess from last year’s tenants! It is more than reasonable for you to ask for the property to be cleaned for when you move in, so don’t be afraid to ask. Equally, remember to tidy up when you move out too. Most landlords will pay for someone to come and give the place a clean, and what happened before you started renting the property is not your problem.
Contracts – When you rent a house, you should sign a contract, which is the agreement between you and the landlord about the use of the house and what should be expected by both parties. Make sure you read it thoroughly and look out for any thing you might want to discuss before signing it. Is the landlord expecting you to do the gardening? Will he be providing the equipment? What day do you have to move out by? If you have any doubt, just come and talk to someone at the Students’ Union and they will happily help.
Deposits - It is normal when signing a contract, that you and your housemates will have to pay a deposit. These vary greatly in amount, so make sure you ask in advance how much it will be. Remember, treat the property with respect because you don’t’ want to give the landlord any excuse to not give you that money back.
Emergency – Make sure you ask your landlord at the beginning for a number you can contact them on in case of an emergency. Speak to them in advance about eh protocol if something in the house were to break. Many landlords will organise for things to be fixed themselves through their own contracts, but some may expect you to do this yourself. Whatever the decision, make sure this agreed at the beginning of the year, and always let the landlord know well in advance if something does go wrong. If it simply down to age or because it is faulty and not because of misuse, it is not your responsibility to fix or pay for it, so don’t try to. Speak to your landlord immediately.
If you find that your landlord is not pro-active in helping with issues in the house, let the Students’ Union know. For more tips and pointers take a look at the Student Advice and Support Service website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/service/studentsupportcentre/housing/index.html
There are many problems you can face whilst you’re studying at university from the common cold to a mental health issue. There are many people who can help you here at the Student’s Union and at the University:
- Salomé Doré is the current Welfare and Diversity Executive Officer. She has many plans to help raise awareness and drop in sessions planned for those who want to talk to someone about the problems they face. If you would like to contact her you can email her at email@example.com
- Student Services provide a range of services from careers to mental health support for students, have a look at their website for more information http://www.lboro.ac.uk/studentservices/index.html
- The Student Support Centre have a range of services to provide help to students, find out more at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/service/studentsupportcentre/sassindex.html
- The Counselling and Disability Services also have a range of events and services for students, find out more at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/cds/
The Council should provide you with black bins or bags for general rubbish and a green bin for recycling. Each bin is collected fortnightly with each bin being collected on alternate weeks. For information on when your bin is collected look on http://my.charnwood.gov.uk/
- Put your bins out before 7am on collection day
- DO NOT put sharp objects or needles in the recycling as it is sorted by hand
- If you leave your bin or rejected recycling out after collection you may be issued with a fixed penalty notice
If you are unsure on what you can or cannot recycling please have a look at http://www.charnwood.gov.uk/pages/green_recycling_bin