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Is private student lettings normally from June for a year?

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Hi My son and his friends are looking for accomodation for the second year of their studies. They are all currently in Halls of Residence. They have found a suitable house but the landlord says the…
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2y, 3m agoPosted 2 years, 3 months ago
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My son and his friends are looking for accomodation for the second year of their studies. They are all currently in Halls of Residence.
They have found a suitable house but the landlord says the contract is from June for a full 12 months. I am just clarifying this is normal. I appreciate landlords need rent but would have thought they would just factor it in to the rent over the 9 month period.
It seems absurd to be paying for three months of rent when he wouldn't be there. Any ex students or landlords able to confirm I would appreciate it. Thanks
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2y, 3m agoPosted 2 years, 3 months ago
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#1
landlords are free to offer what they like with regard to contracts, with minimum of 6 months.

you could try to find one that will offer 9 months. it depends on how much demand there is for student accommodation or non-student which will determine whether the landlord is willing to be flexible.
#2
A lot are like this, it differs from landlord to landlord but it's quite common based on friend's experiences.
#3
I had the opposite experience, it was common for contracts to be from September to October when i was looking a couple of years ago

Edited By: joey1352 on Dec 01, 2014 17:59
#4
Supply and demand. 8)
#5
A lot of landlords charge 10 months rent beginning in sept
#6
Thank you i guess it is supply and demand. Particularly with the nicer houses. There will always be someone willing to pay for the year. We could hang on and possibly get a shorter term but then the house may not be as nice etc. will have to think about it. It doesn't help that there are 13 of them so looking at very large properties. It's also Leeds so crammed full of student.
It's definitely time he got a part time job I think. Thanks.
#7
My daughter has just done three years at uni, first year in halls and second and third with a private landlord and they paid a summer retainer to hold it over summer , I'm guessing its down to different landlords but most will want something to hold it over the summer as the last years students will have moved out .
#8
So you are saying that no one who is living with him would want to be there from June? Everyone I stayed with had part time jobs and needed to have a place there 12 months of the year. The landlords will obviously want someone living there for every month that they own it so they can either do 12 months start of Sep to end of August or something like that, they couldn't do a 9 month leases because who would then want it for 15 months! :p. Which landlord is going to be happy to do September to June and be ok with missing out on rent for 2 or 3 months? In general it has to be a 12 month lease so you either have it at the beginning or end. That's why halls are quite good, the ones I stayed in wouldn't even allow you to stay there over Christmas unless you payed a fee because you only paid for the months of term time.
#9
The place we stayed the longest whilst at uni was 12 months rent, although one place was 10 months with the 2 summer months half price, as long as no one was living there (if any of the 5 of us lived there in the summer then we all had to pay for all 12 months)
#10
Thanks I guess it will give him flexibility to stop there through the summer when he wants to and it is possible he could continue some part time work up there. I was just a bit surprised I guess by the cost. It's £100 a week which isn't much less than his Halls at the moment and then over the 52 weeks not 40 or so is more than I expected it to be.
Perhaps I am a bit out of date with student costs :)
#11
seems pricey to me. Daughter in Manchester paying £75pw last two years (but for full 12 months). Not en suite though.... will depend very much on the property.
#12
Sorry should have mentioned that comes with all bills including Internet. Still a bit pricey I think. Agree their expectations may be a bit high at this stage.
#13
He pays £125 in Halls at the mo with all bills included.
#14
What area of Leeds is it? Could see it being a fair price for LS1/LS2 but anywhere else, it's definitely a bit pricey.
#15
Headingley area. Where most of the students seem to be. I think the main problem is they all want to stay in one house so obviously there may not be as many larger properties so increasing the demand. I have seen photos and it is in good orders they looked at 2 others. This was the best. He didn't actually say what price the others were but intimated they were similar. The letting agent has given them two weeks or so to confirm as some of them already have paid a deposit.
Ii think it was the fact that there would be practically three months empty but like someone said he may have work by then. Similarly he might enjoy the freedom of coming and going over the summer. We live in a quiet area so he would enjoy all a city had through the summer.
I now understand why some people actually buy houses for their kids whilst at Uni. What a good investment!
#16
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Headingley area. Where most of the students seem to be. I think the main problem is they all want to stay in one house so obviously there may not be as many larger properties so increasing the demand. I have seen photos and it is in good orders they looked at 2 others. This was the best. He didn't actually say what price the others were but intimated they were similar. The letting agent has given them two weeks or so to confirm as some of them already have paid a deposit.
Ii think it was the fact that there would be practically three months empty but like someone said he may have work by then. Similarly he might enjoy the freedom of coming and going over the summer. We live in a quiet area so he would enjoy all a city had through the summer.
I now understand why some people actually buy houses for their kids whilst at Uni. What a good investment!

Still seems a bit pricey for the area. However, it really depends on the property - how many bedrooms/en-suite/amenities/decorative condition, etc. If they've found a house they're really happy with, then it's worth paying the extra rent for (some student houses are disgusting and still expensive!)

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