Back to Leeds? Let us make sure you're all set to move in!

 14th September 2016

It's not long till we are back to Student Life after a nice long summer break; here's a little DEU guide to help you get settled into your new home.

What to do before your move:

Moving in to your new home can be stressful, so it's always best to do a little preparation so your move goes smoothly!

  • Ensure you are aware who is managing your property: some agencies will fully manage the property and some may only manage it partly. You need to check whether it is the DEU that carries out the repairs or the landlord.
  • Ask us who your port of contact is; if your landlord is fully managing your property, ask for his contact details.
  • Check if there is a burglar alarm; make sure the landlord provides the code.
  • Have a copy of the tenancy agreement for reference purposes.
  • Check how you are paying your rent: it is important that rent payments are made on time; as you will be charged if the payment doesn't go through.
  • If you are bringing a car with you to your new home; check parking – you may well need a permit (you can apply for this through the council).
  • Find out who your current utility companies are and do some research to find out if these are most cost effective ones. Once you choose your utility company; register all tenants' full names with them.
  • Check when you are able to collect your keys and if you need to bring anything with you: Letting agencies are usually closed on Sundays, and may ask you to bring your passport on collection of keys.

Move in day:

You have finally collected the keys to your new home! There are just a few things you should do before you get settled:

  • Once you arrive at the property, before you start to unpack check it thoroughly.
  • Take photos of the property (including any wear and tear damage) so that you have proof of its condition as you take over the tenancy– this will provide evidence that you are not at fault for previous damage.
  • Inform the landlord or DEU promptly about any concerns.
  • If the property is dirty, items are damaged or missing on arrival, take photos and write a list of repairs so the landlord is aware and can resolve the issues. If you do not report issues, they may not be dealt with in an adequate time frame.
  • All properties should have a Periodic Electrical Safety Certificate and a Gas Safety Certificate. Ask your landlord for a copy of this to ensure the property is as safe as it can be.
  • Make sure you know where your gas/electric/water meters are, as well as the boiler. (And how it works!)
  • Take meter readings on arrival – if you are unsure on how to do this or do not have access to meters: ask landlord or us; we will provide details.
  • Ensure you have permission from your landlord before you choose to decorate or use nails/blue tack to display pictures (you may get charged for this if you have not been given permission)
  • Confirm that an inventory will be carried out on the property, if it hasn't already, check this thoroughly once it has been supplied!

Finally, if you have any questions; please don't be afraid to ask. We are only a phone call away! Good luck, and enjoy your new home!

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