First things first – here are the three things Student Support recommends you to do when you move in to your new flat:
- Take clear photos/videos of EVERYTHING – and we mean everything. Go through each room in the flat, get pictures of the walls, floor, ceiling, furniture, appliances, curtains, outside areas, and anything left behind by the last tenants. If something is damaged, stained, broken, or dirty when you move in make sure you get a picture of that too. This will come in handy when it’s time to sort out the bond at the end of the year, you don’t want to be charged for mess or damage that was already there!
- Notify your landlord/property manager of any issues in writing, whether you want them addressed or not. You are required to let the landlord know about any issues with the flat as soon as possible. Even if the microwave that came with flat isn’t working but its ok because your flatmate has their own, still tell the landlord – they might not believe you when you say it was like that when you got there.
- Sit down with your flatmates and discuss a flatting agreement – it will make life easier. Please see the flatting agreement included under the Flatmates Tab.