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Wait, don't sign anything yet!

By bzbeth 02 Nov 2017

Congratulations, you've found a house you love!

The househunting process is ALMOST over but first, you've got to get over the hump that is the contract.

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Signing a contract like this for the first time can be a bit confusing, so listen up we've got a few tips to help. Put the pen down and have a read:

  • Asked to pay money to hold your property? Get a Holding Payment Agreement. This lays out what you've paid, why and if it can be returned to you. 
  • No matter what you're told, you never have to pay your rent upfront for the year! Don't pay a deposit until you've signed your contract either.
  • Get a deposit protection scheme included with your tenancy - they usually come with a certificate. They're useful when it comes to moving out if you have any disputes with your landlord.
  • You'll be asked to nominate a guarantor who will be asked to pick up the bill if you ever miss a rent payment but you might not be aware that these don't always have to UK-based.
  • International students can ask for a simplified booking procedure and sometimes, slightly different contracts are available. 
  • Always get a written tenancy agreement. This way you can take it home and have a thorough look at it before signing it. Manchester Student Homes offers a free contract checking service, all you need to do is take yours into the office or email them a copy. 

We hope you'll be happy in your house and get settled in nice and easy!


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