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Signing the lease on your student accommodation is probably one of the biggest adulting steps you’ve taken yet, and it’s important to understand just what it is you’re signing up for – and what rights you have if you want to move before the lease is up.
Decode your contract for a new lease on student life…
“Reasons for moving could vary from the convenience of being closer to campus or having seen an alternative that offers better value for money and a better environment for studying,” says Craig McMurray, CEO of Respublica, a leading student housing provider. It could even be because your landlord isn’t keeping to their side of the deal, or simply that you’re unhappy where you are. When you sign a lease, or try to cancel it, it’s important to know your rights and your responsibilities when it comes to your rental contract.”
Whether you’re staying in a conventional apartment or in a university residence, you should have signed a lease agreement with your landlord before you moved in – any landlord that offers you accommodation without a contract is suspect, and to be frank, breaking the law, and should be avoided.
Read through this list before you sign a new lease and turn to it again if you’re planning on cancelling a contract, and you’ll be armed with all the information you need to complete negotiations successfully.
Most importantly, choose accommodation where both you and your landlord are protected and treated fairly, so that you’re never distracted from your studies by having to battle your way out of an unfair contract.