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A contract is a legally binding document that both you and the landlord are agreeing to abide by. They can be very difficult to get out of once you have entered them, so be sure that you know what it is you are signing. The Student Hub will be happy to go over any contract that you have before you commit to it, just make an appointment to see a hub advisor. You can also use our online contract checking guide.

Landlord and tenant obligations

As a tenant, you have certain obligations, just as the landlord or agent does. Watch this video to find out what these are.

Private accommodation contract

Tenancy deposit scheme

By law, the agent or landlord is required to put your deposit in a Tenancy Deposit Scheme. These schemes offer an arbitration service to help mediate disputes for failing to return all or part of your deposit at the end of the tenancy.

You should receive confirmation that your deposit has been protected within 30 days of you paying it, not within 30 days of you moving in.

The Tenancy Deposit Service have produced a really informative video on the TDS scheme whcih you can watch on youtube.

Tenancy and unfair terms

This video highlights the importance of viewing and understanding a tenancy agreement and both tenant and landlord responsibilities.