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Housing Agencies vs Students

After the joys of fresher’s week are over and you begin to settle into university life, the next hurdle that you need to get over is finding accommodation for second year.

Moving into your first student house or flat is a rite of passage for a lot of young people. It’ll be your home from home for many months, so you need to find the right property.

“The University of Nottingham currently has 34,329 students compared to 29,996 at Nottingham Trent.”

The University of Nottingham currently has 34,329 students compared to 29,996 at Nottingham Trent.
Between them, both universities contribute more than £1bn to the local economy and support 19,000 jobs, with 11,000 of these jobs directly linked to the two universities.

There are more than 2,600 new student flats in the pipeline, either currently being built or going through the planning process. In May 2018 Nottingham City Council stated that despite there being around 22,000 student flats in Nottingham – the city needs more.

This is a view that has been echoed by estate agents, as they continue to advertise a variety of student homes across Nottingham.

With the increased demand for student housing, it is the estate agent’s main priority to get students into these homes. This can, unfortunately, mean customer care is compromised. Complaints about university landlords and estate agents are all too common in the second year of university.

“exploit students who always don’t know their right and are strapped for cash and operating under time restraints.”

UoN student Jack experienced a similar fate and warns other students to be wary of estate agents who “exploit students who always don’t know their right and are strapped for cash and operating under time restraints.”

Whilst the ads may look desirable it is important to look out for red flags when considering moving into the property. Whether you’re after a warm place to study or a pre-drinks venue, here’s what to consider before signing up:
– Photograph everything.
– Speak up and get your parents involved with any elements of the contract that you don’t understand.
– Read your contract cover to cover.
– If anything is damaged, own up immediately.

Marvel Kalu

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