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APPLICATION FEE: There will be a non-refundable application fee of £175 (£145 if an existing Students@Cardens tenant) per person should you wish to apply to rent a specific property. Please note all applications are accepted subject to: satisfactory references, guarantor agreement, proof of student identity (student card), subject to the landlord's consent and contract signed. The fee covers the administration costs of processing an application and is not a contractual rights to rent the property.

IMMIGRATION CHECKS Original passports will need to be shown at the time of paying the deposits. Standing orders will need to be filled in at the same time.

SERVICES: Unless otherwise stated the tenants will be responsible for payment of Gas, Electricity, Council Tax, Water, Sewerage Charges, Telephone, Internet and TV Licence for the period of their tenancy. The landlord will ensure that the main utilities (gas, electricity, water) will be connected from the start of your tenancy. However, it will be the responsibility of the tenants to arrange connection of telephone/cable/internet services from the commencement of your tenancy term.

TENANCY AGREEMENT: This will generally be 11 month/48 week Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement, commencing from August / September 2018 until July / August 2019, (unless advised otherwise). All tenants in any single property will be on the same agreement, ensuring joint and several liability. Once the tenancy agreement is signed it is legally binding on all signatories. Any agreed changes thereafter (subject to agreement by the landlord) will incur a £100 (including VAT) administration amendment fee for drawing up new paperwork. Any new applicant will be required to pay the appropriate application fee of £175/£145 (including VAT).

DEPOSIT: A Damage Deposit of £500 per person is to be paid within 4 weeks of the application being accepted. The damage deposit is to be used to cover dilapidations and will not be accepted in lieu of rent. It is not transferable for those tenants staying on in the same property for the next academic year and will It will be registered in a Government approved deposit scheme.

RENT PAYMENT: The rent agreed must be paid by 15th June 2018. Subsequent rental payments must be made on the rent due date by standing order mandate to avoid late payment fees being applied.

INVENTORY: Although your accommodation is furnished it will not normally have kitchenware provided (cups, plates, knives, forks, spoons, pots and pans, etc.). An Inventory and Schedule of Condition is normally prepared for the start of each tenancy. At the end of the tenancy term the property will be checked thoroughly against the inventory, where provided. The tenants will be responsible for the cost to reinstate or repair any lost or damaged items, any additional cleaning required and the cost of the replacement or repair following damage or dilapidation to fixtures, fittings and décor. An allowance will be made for normal wear and tear.

INSURANCE: The landlord is responsible for arranging insurance of the building and for the contents provided. The tenants are responsible for insuring their own personal possessions and we recommend that they also insure the landlord's possessions against accidental damage.

MAINTENANCE: The landlord is responsible for keeping the property in good repair and ensuring the property is in a habitable condition. The landlord is also responsible for ensuring that all appliances, fixtures and fittings are in safe working order. Tenants are responsible for reporting all maintenance problems to the landlord or the landlord's agent promptly. Any maintenance/repairs required as a result of the tenant's negligence, misuse, or any other breach of the tenancy conditions, will be the financial responsibility of the tenants. Regular management visits will be made by the landlord or his agent.

GENERAL GUIDANCE NOTES: Please remember that you are renting a private dwelling on a joint and several liability basis. When choosing your group please be absolutely certain that you are happy with your choice of housemates. If, for any reason, one housemate does not pay their portion of the rent, the landlord or agent can demand that the shortfall is made up by the other tenants. Before doing so all other avenues would be followed first: reminders sent and guarantors contacted. Similarly, damage deposits are held as a whole on the property, so any deductions will be taken out as a whole and not apportioned individually unless agreed by the house group.

NB:
1. Application forms for the group must be completed and returned within 5 working days.
2. A Damage Deposit of £500 each must be paid within 4 weeks from the application date.
3. The rent agreed must be paid no later than 15th June 2018.

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