How to get your student deposit back in full

Hands up who’s ever had a sleepless night worrying about when, and if, you’ll get back the deposit you paid for your home? 🙋‍♀️

Making sure you get your deposit back is easy-peasy. In fact, last year 99% of our tenants received theirs back in full. Follow this checklist and we’ll pay every penny back to you. That’s a promise. 

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Make sure everyone’s rent is paid

One of the main reasons that a deposit is taken is to cover any missed rental payments, so it stands to reason that you run the risk of losing your deposit if there’s any outstanding at the end of your tenancy. 

Remember, if you have a Joint Tenancy, you’ll be liable for any unpaid rent from other tenants so it’s especially important to nag your housemates to keep up with their payments. Trouble with paying? Get in touch with us as soon as you can. 

Deliver your home back as clean as it was when you moved in

We do our utmost to make sure your home is sparkling clean when you move in. It’s only right that you return the favour and give it back to us in the condition that we left it. The easiest way to make sure this happens is to keep all of the rooms clean throughout your tenancy. Trust us, a mad-dash with the hoover and feather duster an hour before you hand back the keys won’t cut it. Don’t forget to empty and wipe down your fridge freezer, drawers and food cupboards, and spend a little extra time descaling your taps and kettle. 

Bear in mind that if it’s not up to scratch, we’ll have to hire a professional cleaner whose fees will make a dent in your deposit. 

Repair or replace any broken fixtures and fittings

In the days and weeks before you leave, check that all of the fixtures and fittings in your home are still in good, working order. Replace any dud light bulbs and polyfilla and paint over any holes in the wall.  

Take your belongings with you

Have a Kanye poster that you don’t need anymore? We don’t need it either. Donate any unwanted bits to a charity shop, bin them (in the purple sacks or the wheelie bin) or take them with you. The only things we expect to find after you leave is what was originally on the inventory – no more, no less. If there’s anything left behind, or fly-tipped outside the property, we’ll have to pay the council to remove it which will come out of your deposit.

Recap: how to get your deposit back in full

  • Make sure everyone’s rent is paid.
  • Deliver your home back to us sparkling clean. 
  • Repair any broken fixtures and fittings. 
  • Don’t leave any rubbish behind.

For more advice on finding your new student home, get in touch with the Student Places crew today. 

 

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