Inventory, Rent Payment and Other Utilities when Moving in a Student Flat in Edinburgh
Moving in can be stressful for many students as most of them have not stayed away from parents. There are a few things you must check when moving in a new house.
You must always agree on an inventory with the landlord of all the items that are included in the property and their condition. If you cause damage to any such item or lose one, than you might end up losing some or all of your deposit. Hence you must check the inventory before moving in and if any such item is damaged or in a bad condition then you must inform this to the landlord and also take photos to be on the safe side.
Payment of rent
It is important that you make a budget of all your expenses and only then agree on a rent with the landlord. Make sure that you negotiate a price which fits in your budget. You must have regard of the fact that along with the rent you will have to buy your books, pay for your meals, transport expenses and other utilities. Moreover you will also have to pay a deposit along with an advance of almost a month.
You must always get a receipt when you pay the rent and keep a record of this.
Sharing rent and other utilities
The landlord will only seek rent from the person who is listed as the tenant or the guarantor. Same is the case with all utility companies; they will only seek payment from the person whose name is on the contract.
Where you rent a place with a group of students/friends, it is necessary that everyone pay their share of the rent as well as other utilities like gas, electricity, phone bills, food etc. Hence it is very important that you rent a place with people who can afford to pay these bills. The entire group can pay through standing order or direct debit. These are both electronic transfers from your bank account.
You must also notify the utility companies of the date and time of your moving in to ensure that they do not charge you for people living there before you. For this purpose you must take gas and electricity meter readings when you move in.
Moreover, in Edinburgh the water bills are included in the council tax bill; hence the undergraduates have an exemption.
If you are living in a house with a group of full time students then you are exempt from paying council tax. However, if you are living with someone who is not a full time student then you will have to pay a discounted council tax.
Graham Lamont - About Author:
Graham Lamont is a marketing officer for Greenlet, property lettings website in Edinburgh. If you want more information on rent in edinburgh, please visit edinburgh student accommodation.
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