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Student Housing Advice Pack Houses can be found at http://web.polhill.beds.ac.uk/hou sing/
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Student Housing : Bedford House Hunting Tips Once you know what size property you want you are in a position to start contacting owner/agents and viewing properties. The University produces a housing list which is updated regularly and is FREE to University of Bedfordshire students. (You can also view the list on the Intranet via the library) http://web.polhill.beds.ac.uk/housing/ To be accepted onto the list the owner or agent for the property must have supplied current gas and electricity safety certificates, and have signed an undertaking that all furniture meets fire safety standards. In the future, there will be Housing Accreditation scheme, and participating owners will have to meet a Code of Practice which should eventually ensure a higher standard of provision and service. Facilities & Estates produces the list but University staff have not visited any of the properties being advertised nor do they act as agents for you or for an owner. Please remember the University does not accept any liability in Contract, (including negligence) or otherwise for any loss or damage, whether direct, indirect or consequential, suffered by students as a result of your use of information provided by staff or provided on the Housing List. You should view the property very carefully and see and understand the contract before signing up or making any agreement with an owner/agent. If you use your common sense and note the advice here you should avoid significant problems. When you rent a property, either in a group or on your own, you will enter into a legal agreement, regardless of whether you sign anything Don’t take the first place you see. The standard of accommodation varies considerably and a little research will help you understand what you can expect for your money There is currently plenty of rented accommodation in the private sector so it should never be necessary to rushed into accepting a property. Use your power to negotiate. Most owner/agents are willing to negotiate, whether over rent or improvements. The best time for this is will be before you sign a contract. Ensure you get a written agreement on what is agreed. Check for warning signs. If you are looking for accommodation in mild weather, dampness, bad heating, poor insulation, condensation, etc., are less obvious. So, when you view a property try to imagine what it might be like on a cold winter’s day and look out for anything that might cause problems later on in the year. Safety first. It is crucial that you check that the gas and electric appliances are safe. Check for suspect wiring and signs of faulty gas appliances and if the property is not from the University of Bedfordshire list insist that the owner/agent provides you with a copy of a current gas safety certificate which can only be issued by a CORGI registered engineer.
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