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All Inclusive Student Housing

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With water, gas and electric bills increasing year on year, we prefer to offer “All Inclusive” bills in our student housing.

You may be more accustomed to hearing the phrase ‘all inclusive’ when it comes holidays.  The price you pay will include your flight, hotel, food, drink and activities.  Our all inclusive student housing work along the same principles, but instead of two weeks by the beach your monthly rental payment will include your accommodation, utility bills, broadband, rental of white goods such as your washing machine and dishwasher, fixtures and fittings and some electrical goods like a plasma TV.

The all inclusive rent option is ideal for a student housing.  It’s a straight forward and less complicated way of paying.  For most of our student tenants this is their first time away from home and the hassle and responsibility of paying and keeping up with bills can be somewhat overwhelming.  It also prevents any unnecessary falling out with fellow house mates when it comes to dividing the bills.

At Mistoria Estate Agents we believe our all inclusive rents are transparent and give you the peace of mind that there will be no hidden costs.

All inclusive rents are also appealing to landlords as they have the reassurance that there will be no outstanding bills at the end of a tenancy. It also helps retain good tenants, many are unlikely to move to a different property where they have to organise their own bill payments and keep track of how much they owe each month.

David Cox, senior policy officer at the National Landlords Association says,

“All-inclusive rents can be very appealing to tenants, so landlords who offer these can have the edge over those who don’t. Students prefer all-inclusive rents as these reduce the number of things to worry about when they move in to their first rental property.”

Please take a look at our property selection available to rent and if you would like more information, please call 0161 707 6106.

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Moving back into your student house

Welcome back!  We hope that all our students had a restful break and a very happy new year.  We’re sure that you’re all eager to move back into your student properties and get back into the uni lifestyle after a few weeks at home with your families, but what should be at the top of your to-do list now that you’re back?  Here are our suggestions…

  • Open a couple of windows.  In order to avoid condensation which can lead to mould, crack open a window or two and let some fresh air in.  The house should have been all locked up over the winter break which, while safe, can cause it to become stuffy and prone to condensation.  Let some air flow through while you’re home, but don’t forget to lock up again before you go out!
  • Have a quick clean.  While things should have been spick and span before you left, an empty house can lead to dust, and any forgotten abandoned food may have gone bad and left a nasty smell.  With exam and coursework deadlines looming, you may be spending a lot of time studying (and celebrating afterwards!) in the common areas so make a pact with your house mates to keep it clean.  A quick wipe down of the work tops and a sort through your cupboards and fridge can make a big difference, so start the year as you mean to go on!
  • Check for any problems.  Whether it’s the harsh winter weather taking its toll on the property, resulting in fallen roof tiles or frozen pipes, or whether you’ve just sprung a leak, drop us a line right away and the Mistoria team can get things fixed up as soon as possible.  Give us a call on our emergency maintenance number 07794 913 390 and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
  • Sort out your student housing for next year.  If you’ll still be studying in the next academic year and haven’t yet sorted out your accommodation, make sure to get it booked so you don’t lose out.  If you’ve grown attached to your student house this year, give us a call and rebook for 2014/15.  The process is quick and easy, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing you can keep your digs for another year.  Contact us to arrange a viewing on 0800 500 3015 or through our website – we’re always happy to answer any questions you may have.

We hope you all have a fantastic second term in your Mistoria property and that you’ll consider rebooking with us for next year.  If you have any questions or comments, as usual don’t hesitate to contact us – whether by phone on 0800 500 3015 or through our website.  We’d love to hear from you!

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The Deposit Protection Scheme – Keeping Your Money Safe

Deposits can be a scary thing.  You’re handing over a large sum of money to someone you barely know, and trusting that you’ll get it back.  Unfortunately, landlords have broken this trust in the past, which is why in 2007, the Government introduced tenancy protection laws in the UK.  These laws mean that landlords are obliged to place your deposit within a deposit protection scheme to keep it safe until you get it back.

The schemes are government run, meaning they’re completely reputable and trustworthy.  The four schemes available to landlords are:

Each of these websites contains a tool which, as a tenant, you can use to double check that your deposit is protected.  Your landlord is also legally obligated to tell you which deposit protection scheme they are using and how you can apply to get your deposit back.  For a full list of landlord responsibilities regarding your deposit, and to check your landlord isn’t keeping any important information from you, follow the link here.

So what if your landlord hasn’t used a deposit protection scheme?  Well, the four aforementioned websites all offer help and advice for such an event.  The official government website on deposit protection also recommends contacting a county court, who may demand that the landlord repay you the deposit or pay it into a scheme within two weeks.

Moving house is stressful enough without the added anxiety of what your new landlord may be doing with your deposit, so keep your mind at ease by making sure your money is stored away in a reputable deposit protection scheme.  It’s the law!