No matter where you choose to stay during your studies – be it private housing or university halls – you’ll be expected to pay some form of deposit before moving in. Handing over a large sum of money for your student accommodation deposit is never an enjoyable thing to do.
However, student deposits are returnable and providing you don’t cause damage to anything in your student accommodation, you’ll get your money back at the end of the year. As easy as it sounds not to damage anything, when you’re living in student accommodation all year round, accidents can happen.
So how do you make sure your student accommodation deposit is returned to you when you move out?
This should be done before you move into your new accommodation. If you plan on having your deposit returned at the end of the year, you’ll need to know what you’re responsible for, and what the landlord is responsible for. What’s considered as general wear and tear? What will cause you to lose your student accommodation deposit?
At Study Inn, we recommend that you run though your contract with a parent or guardian – someone who has dealt with housing contracts before will most likely have more knowledge than you, and could potentially prevent you from making mistakes that could lead to the loss of your student deposit.
When you move into your student housing – if you aren’t given one – you should create a detailed inventory of your rooms. An inventory is a kind of checklist that marks down the general condition of the student housing, including any notable flaws. If there’s anything from a tiny crack in the wall to a broken plug, you should mark it down in the inventory. This provides you with evidence that no damages were done by you and they were already there before you moved in.
Though it might seem like a daunting task, taking photographs is very beneficial as it provides you with hard evidence of the student housing’s flaws.
If any small items get broken, think about the cost difference between purchasing a new one and losing your deposit. Granted, it wouldn’t be the best idea to go out and buy a new sofa if yours got ruined, but small items like bins, lamps and kettles could be replaced for a much cheaper cost than your entire deposit.
Depending on your landlord they may be able to help you replace items. If expensive items were ruined by someone else sharing your accommodation it’s best to tell your landlord, else you may lose your deposit as a result.
It’s a good idea to keep on top of the cleanliness of your student housing. If you let it get too messy and leave things lying about, things can easily get broken without you realising. Make sure your student accommodation is cleaned regularly and all items not owned by you are safe from damage.
As long as you follow all of these rules – and remember to give your student housing a deep clean before you leave – you should have no problem getting your student accommodation deposit returned to you.
To even further hold your chances of having your student deposit given back, you should alert your landlord of any breakages as soon as they occur so you can explain the situation and discuss a method of replacing it without losing your deposit. In certain accommodations, keeping a healthy relationship with your landlord can be the difference between getting your student deposit back and never seeing the money again, so be careful when dealing with them.
Study Inn offers luxury student housing, and is dedicated to providing the best possible service – and student experience – that we can give to our student tenants.
If you want to move into a luxurious boutique student accommodation building with a host of helpful services and friendly staff, explore Study Inn’s available locations today. Got any questions? Contact us – a member of our team will be happy to help.