Sheffield has a good supply of student accommodation...
BUT, let's face it, not everything is as good as SHU Halls!
Some accommodation can be terrible. Like, really bad. But it doesn't have to be!
Snug not smug!
Sheffield Hallam Students' Union, Accommodation Services and Sheffield City Council have teamed up to introduce a scheme called 'snug', which holds student property to a higher standard to ensure that Sheffield offers good quality, safe accommodation for our students.
When you're searching for accommodation remember to look out for the snug logo and ask your landlord whether your home is snug accredited!
If you'd like to speak to us in person about snug, we'll be handing out FREE coffee at Hallam Square on 14th February, 1pm-4pm.
Until then, here are some of the reasons why snug properties are better than the rest:
- The property has been inspected by Sheffield City Council and meets their health and safety laws.
- Your landlord has agreed to abide by a code of conduct which includes the management of the property;
- This means that:
a) Your landlord should treat you in a fair manner.
b) You should be given a copy of your tenancy agreement.
c) You should be given a copy of the gas safety certificate.
d) You should be given a non-emergency and emergency repairs number at the start of your tenancy.
- Your repairs should be carried out within the agreed timescales.
- Your landlord/agent must respect your privacy and right to 'Quiet Enjoyment'. This means you have the right to live in the property free from interference. The landlord/agent has to give you at least 24 hours' notice if they want to enter the property - they must not enter using a key!
- Your landlord/agent must secure your deposit in a tenancy deposit scheme within 30 days of paying your deposit. They must also give you information about the scheme.
- At the end of your tenancy the landlord/agent must return your deposit within 10 working days.
HELP! My landlord/agent isn't carrying out their responsibilities...
Contact any of the scheme partners for advice, or if you wish to make a complaint:
- Sheffield Hallam Students' Union Advice Centre
- Accommodation Services
- Sheffield City Council (Private Housing Standards)
Please note that you can report any landlord/agent to the above.
Don't just complaint to your friends, or on Facebook! Let us know - your feedback is important as properties can be removed from the scheme or denied accreditation.