We hope this guide to renting a student property in Bangor will help you, as you begin your journey.
Finding the right people to live with is a crucial step to having an enjoyable time in your new home. Think carefully about how many friends you want to share with and who they might be. Students are usually 'Joint and Severally Liable', meaning you are all equally responsible for the actions and inactions of others in the house. This could also include your rent. Living with those you can trust, is really important.
Agreeing on a budget with your group of friends is the next step to finding your new home. House prices can vary depending on what you are looking for. We offer homes to meet all budgets, spread across every location in Bangor. Room prices are calculated individually so you can be sure to find a house that meets the budget of each person in your group.
The tenancy agreement will likely be one of the most important documents you have signed, so it's crucial you and your guarantor fully understand what it is you are signing. We will always be transparent with information so make sure you ask us any questions you have about the agreement. You will likely sign an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement (AST) which will set out the terms of your tenancy and cover your obligations and your landlords' obligations. Agreements for you and your guarantor should be signed within 7 days of completing your application form. We will guide you through every step and offer you assistance when needed. However, you can and should also seek your own advice from parents, legal advisors or the Bangor University Student Housing Team.
Deposits and Inventories
Most landlords request a security deposit of £250 per person which will be kept securely in a government approved deposit scheme: e.g. the Deposit Protection Service (DPS). It's important you carefully read the inventory you will be provided with at the start of your tenancy as it could affect any deductions that may be claimed at the end of your tenancy.
Before you move in, it is important you complete a few checks. If you are responsible for organising the bills for your tenancy, it is important this is done at the very start of your tenancy, even if you do not move in immediately, the bills should still be set up from the first day of your tenancy. Full time students should also be exempt from paying Council tax but you must notify the Council and confirm your student status. More information can be found on the Council website. If your property is managed by Dafydd Hardy, we will provide you with a helpful Welcome Pack which will provide essential information about looking after your new home. It will outline your obligations as a tenant and explain important things to consider throughout the year.
Managed vs Non-Managed
We manage many houses let to students. This means that all communication, whether about rent or maintenance, should be communicated through us. However, some houses are managed by your landlord. In those circumstances we will assist in establishing your tenancy agreement (including viewings, application forms, referencing and tenancy agreements), but day-to-day management is organised by your landlord. If you are unsure if a property you are interested in is managed by Dafydd Hardy or the landlord, please contact us and we will happily assist. We try to display these on each property listing and brochure.