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The good, the bad and the ugly: student housing

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We’ve all heard horror stories about student accommodation: rats in the roof, mice in the cupboards, toads in the bath, no hot water, no heating, intrusive landlords, extortionate rent, deposits unfairly withheld. The list goes on.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Today there are plenty of good student houses, run by professional and friendly landlords who are considerate and treat their tenants with respect. All it takes is a little careful research to make sure that the right place is chosen.

If you are a student, or the parent of a student, looking for private rented accommodation, important information can be obtained from websites before you go to view a property. Have a look at Northampton Student. You can get a very good idea of the standard and type of student housing straight from the website. Plans of each house are provided and there are internal and external photos of properties, including study bedrooms and living areas. The landlords also provide useful information for students, such as details about local supermarkets, medical facilities, leisure centres and nightlife.

General video tips covering issues such as mending vacuum cleaners and unblocking showers are provided, along with specific video tips that relate to each house. This enables students to find out quickly and easily how to work boilers, check smoke alarms and work door locks, for example. The landlords show that they have tenants’ best interests at heart, and that they are professional, friendly and approachable. They also illustrate, through photo evidence, that they provide modern, clean and well-equipped student housing in Northampton, all with superfast, reliable broadband.

Most importantly, the landlords show that they are accredited under the Northampton Student Accreditation Scheme (NSAS), East Midlands Landlord Accreditation Scheme (EMLAS) and/or licensed as an HMO by Northampton Borough Council. When searching for accommodation, check that this type of accreditation is in place as it helps you to avoid dealing with unscrupulous landlords.

Once you have scrutinized student property websites such as this, find out if they have accommodation available and, if so, arrange to view the property. This careful and detailed research will help you to avoid the bad and the ugly of student accommodation.