House hunting in Nottingham this year began on Saturday 10th November 2018. But what does this actually mean?
This is when all the properties to rent for next year become available to view on the Unipol website.
You don’t need to rush into making a decision as quickly as possible, though; there’s a lot of choice out there so take your time, consider the options and make an informed decision.
We’ve put together a short checklist for you which should get you fully equipped with the tools you need for house hunting:
✔ Get a feel for what you like.
It’s important that you get a varied view of what’s on offer so you can compare features and prices. Shop around and search the Unipol website to compare thousands of different types of student accommodation.
✔ Learn a little bit about the Unipol Code and why you’re better off choosing a Code landlord.
Living in a Unipol Code property will ensure the customer service and physical standards of the property are higher than the legal minimum. The Unipol Code Complaints process can also help resolve problems quickly.
✔ Get your contract checked.
Once you’ve decided where you’d like to live, the landlord will give you a contract to sign. Here’s a bit of information on contracts so you know what to expect and to help you get equipped with the tools to recognise any niggly bits.
Once you’re given your contract, take it into your Students’ Union so an expert can take a fresh look at it before you sign.
✔ What’s your budget?
In most cases there will be costs involved in addition to just the rent. Make sure you have worked out what your budget is before you sign for a property you may not be able to afford.
For a more detailed checklist about what to look out for whilst viewing a property, check out the Unipol Viewing Checklist.
You may find it useful to print this off and take it with you to viewings.
If you have any issues or concerns at any point in the house hunting process, or just want some honest advice, then head to our office on Shakespeare Street where a member of the team can help you. If you’re not based in the city centre but still want to speak to someone, then you can give us a call or chat to us via Live Chat.