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This page is intended to provide general guidance for students looking to rent property through Just Lets. If you wish to clarify anything please contact us.

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Criteria for letting to Students

Criteria for letting to Students

  • You must provide a Guarantor who owns property in England or Wales
  • You must have no adverse reference from current landlord, if applicable
  • If a Guarantor cannot be found, subject to landlord approval, we would take all the rent in advance for the whole contract

The rental process is as follows :-

1. Reserve a Property

  • Just Lets will make an assessment of suitable properties for BIMM students, predominantly based on location
  • Just Lets aim to conduct block viewings on properties every Thursday until August
  • Contact us for a viewing – 01273 208020 or bimm@justlets.co.uk
  • To reserve a room in a property, you need to pay £450.00. This can be paid by card over the telephone. Other fees may be payable to Jackie Phillips.

2. Paperwork

  • You will be given or emailed an application form plus guarantee agreement
  • These must be returned without delay, so that we can start referencing in good time
  • Your guarantor will be required to provide a mortgage statement. If they do not have a mortgage, they will need to contact us.

3. Move In

  • We will arrange for all tenants to come in to our offices to sign the contract, usually on the day that they move in. This can be done prior to move in day. As our contracts are joint contracts, every tenant must sign before anyone can move in.
  • You will need to pay the move in money on or before the day in cleared funds. If you wish to pay this part by cheque we will need the cheque 2 weeks before move in day. An example of the move in money is shown here.
  • You will need to complete other paperwork at this time, e.g. a Standing Order mandate.

Useful Information

Tenancy Agreement
A tenancy agreement is a legally binding contract between a landlord and tenant that sets out both the legal and contractual responsibilities and obligations of the two parties.

Just Lets provide an “Assured Shorthold” (an AST) under the 1988 Housing Act (amended 1996) in the vast majority of residential tenancies – if a contract has a value of £25,000 or more it is a “Bare Contractual Agreement”.

Joint And Several – What Does That Mean ?
Where there is to be more than one (adult) person living in the property, the tenancy will say they are “jointly and severally” responsible. This expression means that, jointly, the tenants are liable for the payment of all rents and all liabilities falling upon the tenants during the tenancy, as well as any breach of the Agreement. Individually each tenant is responsible for payment of all rent and all liabilities falling upon the tenant, as well as any breach of the Agreement until all payments have been made in full.

The Tenancy Deposit
Just Lets require a deposit usually of one months rent plus £100, which is held during the tenancy against the satisfactory performance by the tenant of all the various obligations under the tenancy agreement – but mainly, those relating to the cleanliness and condition of the property.

Access To The Property & Maintenance Issues
Just Lets carry out standard management inspections of all properties every 6 months to assess its condition and to carry out necessary repairs or maintenance. We will give tenants at least 24 hours prior notice in writing (except in an emergency) of such a visit.

A tenant has an implied covenant to act in a “tenant-like manner”. Broadly, this means to report disrepair promptly; to take reasonable steps to ensure that neither the tenant nor guests damage the property, its fixtures and fittings; to do the minor day to day things any home-occupier would normally do e.g. replace light bulbs, fit a new battery in a smoke or CO2 detector, tighten an odd screw which has come loose on a door handle etc.; to keep the property reasonably warm and aired to help prevent condensation or freezing of pipes; to leave the property secure when absent from it; to keep the garden and other areas reasonably tidy and free from rubbish.

Contract Signing
Nobody can move into the property until every tenant has signed the contract. The contract has to be signed in Just Lets’ offices – No exceptions.

Cleared Funds
Cleared funds are defined as:

  • Cash
  • Card payment
  • Building society cheque
  • Bankers draft

Schedule of Monies Due

Schedule of Monies Due

The following is an example of monies payable to Just Lets:

Agency Fee £250.00 inc. VAT £250.00 Payable Immediately
Holding Fee * £250.00 Payable Immediately
First Month's Rent £350.00 Payable on or before day of signing
Balance of Deposit £250.00 Payable on or before day of signing
Less already paid £250.00  
Balance to pay £850.00 £850.00

* Forms part of the deposit 

Insurance

All tenants are responsible for insuring any of their own possessions and any furniture provided by the landlord. There are various specialist insurance products designed for tenants and rented property. We strongly recommend having adequate insurance from day 1.