Moving in to your new student property is usually your first time at dealing with proper grown-up stuff. There are some basic steps which apply to all student digs in the UK, be they student homes in Liverpool or houses for students in Bristol. These steps are mundane but very necessary.
Read your electricity and gas meters (and water if you have a meter) and inform the suppliers. You may also need to inform the water and sewerage companies that you are the new occupier. If you want a landline telephone then you will also need to speak to British Telecom (BT).
A good student property will come with a detailed inventory; make sure you check it very thoroughly. It will list every item and the condition they are in. Check that each listed item is actually present, and if it is not, inform the landlord. If you disagree with the description of a particular item’s condition, then amend the inventory accordingly. Similarly, if the conditions of some items are not recorded, and something is in poor condition, then make a note of it.
This applies to all fixtures and fittings in your student property such as cigarette burns in carpets etc. Return the amended inventory to your landlord within a week of picking up the keys, and keep a copy for yourself. Ask the landlord to confirm in writing that they have received and agreed to your amendments.
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