Your right to quiet enjoyment of your rented student accommodation

In this blog i’m going to quickly run through what rights you have as a tenant to “quiet enjoyment” of your rented student accommodation. I hope it comes in handy!

WHAT ACCESS RIGHTS DOES THE LANDLORD HAVE?
The landlord or agent has the legal right to enter the property at reasonable times of day to carry out the repairs for which the landlord is responsible and to inspect the condition and state of the repair of the property. The Landlord must give 24 hours’ notice in writing of an inspection.

QUIET ENJOYMENT

The tenant has the legal right to live in the property as his or her home. The Landlord must ask the tenant’s permission before entering the premises.

SHOULD THESE RESPONSIBILITIES AND RIGHTS BE INCLUDED IN THE TENANCY AGREEMENT?

Statutory responsibilities and rights will apply to you and the tenant even if they are not included in the tenancy agreement.
So from that, it’s clear that tenants are required to have 24 hours notice before the landlord, agent or anyone on behalf of the landlord can enter the premises. However, the tenant must grant permission. The tenant’s right to live in quiet enjoyment is a statutory right. Failing to give tenants that right could lead to landlord prosecution for harassment. Statutory rights cannot be revoked or overwritten. So for example, if your tenancy agreement states that the tenant MUST allow for viewings during the last month of the tenancy, it cannot be legally enforced.

THE EXCEPTION TO THE RULE

There is an exception to the rule, as always. Only under a situation that can be deemed as an “emergency” may the Landlord enter without permission. This will include situations like a burst pipe or fire.

LEGAL ADVICE

If you require legal advice on the matter, I highly recommend clicking here to contact your local Citizens Advice bureau for free legal advice!

If you need further help you’re always welcome to call or email us to discuss anything stated on our blogs! We currently let student accommodation in Coventry and manage a wide variety of properties.

Disclaimer: This blog was not written by a qualified lawyer. Any advice I given is based on my experience. We will always recommend you seek legal or professional advice on any legal matters.

TV Licensing – To pay or not to pay, that is the question…

As you may be aware, TV licencing laws changed on 1st September 2016! As before, anyone watching or recording TV programmes as they are broadcast must have a licence, so whats changed?

Previously, only viewers who were watching shows live (as they were being broadcast) needed a licence. That meant it was legal to watch content after broadcast via iPlayer without paying the annual licence fee. From now on, you’ll need a TV licence to download or watch almost all on-demand and catch-up programmes on iPlayer.

These rules only apply to iPlayer, so you do not need a TV licence if you only ever watch on-demand or catch-up programmes through other service providers – as long as they don’t use iPlayer.

What about Students?

In certain circumstances, students may be covered by their parents’ TV licence. TV Licensing says four conditions need to apply:
1. The student only ever uses a device that is powered by its internal batteries (e.g. a laptop, mobile phone or tablet device) to watch live TV or watch and download programmes on iPlayer
2. They have not connected it to an aerial or plugged it into the mains
3. Their permanent address (outside term time) is their parents’ home
4. Their parents have a valid TV licence

So if you plug your device in to charge it while you are watching live TV, or catch-up or on-demand programmes on iPlayer, then you need a TV licence. Students can find out more by visiting the TV Licensing Student webpage HEREor by calling 0300 790 6113.

If you need a licence and do not have one, you are breaking the law and risk being prosecuted.
You could be fined up to £1,000 – excluding any legal costs or compensation you may be ordered to pay.

GCSE Results

Don’t let the headlines get you down! If you don’t think you got the grades you need at GCSE to be able to go into higher education, think again. There are many ways to get to university that aren’t via the typical A-level route, from college courses to BTEC national diplomas, they can all count towards your UCAS points (points are gained by completing courses – usually A levels or similar, and often converted into UCAS Tariff points). The University will also take into account your suitability for the course as well as any other relevant experience you have gained such as work placements or work experience – so get out there and start working towards your goals!

Link to the UCAS requirements website

BBC Story on GCSE Results

Clearing

If you didn’t quite get the grades needed to go exactly where you wanted then never fear! Places on courses become available through the “clearing” process due to other students dropping out or courses not being fully booked. This process, which is operated by UCAS, is designed to match people who do not have an offer from a university or college on to a course which still has places available.

You will be able to take part in Clearing if:

– Your Firm or Insurance choice institutions are unable to accept you based on the results you achieve.
– You applied to university this year but did not receive any offers or you declined all your offers.
– You haven’t yet applied for a course during the main 2016 entry cycle or you applied after 30 June 2016.

Clearing 2016 opens on A-level results day, which this year is Thursday 18 August 2016.

If you apply to a course through the Clearing system you may mean you need to find accommodation quickly! Not to worry though, Quarters student accommodation is Coventry’s newest student accommodation provider and can cater for all of your needs! Give us a call today to secure your accommodation for the coming year.

For Coventry University’s advice and help on the clearing process please click the blue link; Coventry University Clearing

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At Quarters Student Accommodation we think its great that Universities are upping the standard of their accommodation, but we’re still not sold on the extensive use of halls of residence. In our experience you can get much better value for your money from a high quality private landlord and avoid being crammed into 6 – 7 bedroom flats with a single bed and tiny shower cubicle. Who wants to live with 6 strangers anyway!?

We believe that just because you’re a student doesn’t mean you should have to live in this way, and will only offer pre-approved, spacious, well decorated properties with high quality shared spaces to our customers, where you can choose to live with as many or as few of your friends / colleagues as you like!

Take a look at Coventry’s newest student development by clicking below!

http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/huge-73m-coventry-city-centre-11677711

Give us a call today on 02475070507 to speak to one of our agents about our remaining properties for the coming academic year. You can count on Quarters student accommodation to provide you with a great value estate agency service, with a flat rate fee of only £50!

Summer Retainers

At Quarters Student Accommodation we don’t believe students should have to pay a retaining fee or retaining rent over the summer holidays – so we’ll never charge you this! Our accommodation is provided for the sole use of students, and the summer void period allows us to complete essential works to keep your accommodation in tip top condition!

If you’ve been asked to pay a retainer and are unsure on whether or not to pay whats asked then why not speak to your students union? After all they’re there to help you!

Coventry University’s Student Union:
http://www.cusu.org/

Warwick University’s Student Union:
https://www.warwicksu.com/

Outrageous Rental Fees

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With fees on renting from an estate agent potentially amounting to thousands of pounds – its no surprise there’s a “renters rights bill” going through the courts.

Here at Quarters Student accommodation we fully agree that renters should not be charged extortionate rates just for wanting to rent an advertised property. That’s why we only ever charge a £50 flat fee for single students or groups of students looking to rent from us. This fee includes all background checks and contracts – There are no check in or check out fees, no inspection fees – just clear honest pricing on high quality accommodation.

Click the below link to see the BBC’s take on the issue:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/36502439/rent-fees-are-a-step-closer-to-being-scrapped