Finding somewhere to live:
Finding your first student house can be a daunting thing, but we are here to help get you set up with everything you need for a happy tenancy in one of our fantastic properties. Whether you’re looking on your own, or as part of a group, the first step is to get in contact with us! We’ll get some brief details from you about yourself and about the accommodation you require, then search our database of student houses for some suitable properties for you to view. You can get a head start on this by checking out our available properties here.
We have to give all our current tenants at least 24 hours’ notice, so there will normally be about day between booking your viewing and getting to see the property. Occasionally we are able to show you houses on the day, these houses will be mid-renovation though, so come with an open mind (and the possibility of getting a brand new house!)
If you are looking as a group, it might be worth using this time to discuss what questions you might want to ask the member of our team who shows you round, especially if not all of you are able to make the appointment. Viewings can be arranged at times to suit you, and we can meet you at the house or arrange transport if its needed. Our viewing teams know lots about the houses and the local area, so do ask questions!
Securing a property:
When you see something you like, we recommend securing it as soon as possible. Properties go really quickly; until a house is reserved, we keep on showing it! if you don’t want to miss out you need to move fast!
Just come up to our office (96 North Hill, PL4 8EX, opposite Plymouth High School for Girls) and we’ll talk you through the process.
The important things are:
- The Good Faith Letter: This is an agreement between yourself and Unity Lets. It sets out the dates of your tenancy and how rent is calculated. It also shows how and when to pay. A copy of this is given to you for your records.
- Reserving the property: To keep the property for you until you move in, we require a ‘holding fee’. Each tenant is required to pay £300 (if you’re a new tenant), which gets returned to you in the form of a credit applied to your 2nd terms rent. In most cases we are happy to discuss installment options for the holding fee, however the minimum installment term required from each student is £75. This is paid when completing the Good Faith Letter and Student Tenancy Application Form in the office. This ‘holding fee’ is non-refundable. Existing tenants/students also have to pay the £300 ‘holding fee’ which gets returned in the form of a credit applied to your 2nd terms rent. If you have a deposit secured on your current tenancy, this will get returned at the end of the current tenancy term. Moving forward, the new tenancy will not have a deposit held against it; the terms above will apply.
- Student Tenancy Application Form: You will fill this form out in the office. It is a simple ‘contact details’ form for us to keep on file. We can email a copy of this information on request.
- Guarantor Forms: As a full time student you will need to have a provide a Guarantor. Your Guarantor will need to complete forms and provide supporting documentation prior to securing your reservation. Guarantors needs to be employed, a UK resident and earning at least 3 times your annual rent. Having a Guarantor is compulsory, however, please do not hesitate to discuss your circumstances if this isn’t possible.
Once you have completed these processes, your house is taken off the market and you’ll have secured a home – how exciting!
No deposits are required on the majority of our properties, however we do have a few where we do require a deposit. Any deposit taken is registered with the DPS. At the end of your tenancy, subject to a close out inspection, they are returned within 30 days as per the deposit guidelines.”
Rent is due termly in advance – so for a September move date your first rent will be due in August. Rent includes utility costs like gas, electric, water, broadband, etc. The details of what is and isn’t included are clearly laid out on the contract that you’ll sign before starting you tenancy and are subject to what’s known as a ‘Fair Usage Policy’, so make sure you read through carefully.
Contracts start on the 1st September.
Want to leave your tenancy early?
If the Tenant pulls out of the tenancy, a claim of payment of one month’s rent forfeited and a charge of £250.
NOTE: You must have a new tenant to take your place first otherwise you are breaking your contract and this needs to be a like for like contract with a guarantor if you already have one.
Insurance for Students:
While you are in the house, it is your responsibility to make sure that your personal belongings are insured. We recommend that you shop around for the best deals, though Endsleigh Insurance is very popular. In some cases your parent’s or guardian’s insurance can also cover your stuff while you are at uni.