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SRC - Flat Hunting Leaflet

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DEATHTRAP ORDEAD GOOD?
a guide to flat hunting in glasgow
 
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Finding suitable accommodation is not alwayseasy, and Glasgow holds many choices for students.However, you could face problems unless you knowsomething about your rights and responsibilities as atenant. The SRC has produced this leaet to guide you throughsome of the diculties of renting accommodation.Please note that all the information in this guide isaccurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of writing. However, the SRC cannot accept responsibilityfor decisions made based on this information.
HAT TO lOOk OuT fOR
RT 
It is a good idea to work out what you can aordto spend on rent, and stick to this. Most advertswill specify rent monthly, abbreviated to pcm (percalendar month). If rent is weekly, remember that youneed to adjust this (multiply by 52 and divide by 12)to get the equivalent monthly rate.
LLR RGISTRTI
ll landlords letting properties in the private sectormust be registered with the local council. This scheme aims to ensure that disreputable landlordscan be removed from the market, while tenants andneighbours can be protected from the consequencesof antisocial behaviour and mismanaged properties.You can check if your landlord is registered online at:www.landlordregistrationscotland.gov.uk 
HM LICC
n HM is a House in Multiple ccupancy, which is aproperty where three or more unrelated people live,using shared facilities.For a landlord to operate an HM, the property mustbe licensed with the local council. The licensing conditions are strict, and include, forexample, the need to have clear re escape routes,safe gas and electrical appliances, adequately sizedrooms, and a telephone landline installed. Theseregulations are there to protect tenants and ensurethat the property is safe for habitation. The licenceshould be prominently displayed in the property.If you suspect a property is not registered (which isa criminal oence on the part of the landlord) or alandlord has breached the terms of the licence, youcan get help from the SRC dvice Centre or directlyfrom the Council’s HM unit.
AbOuT flAT HuNTING
 
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GLSGW UIRSITYCCMMTI FFIC
www.gla.ac.uk/accommodation
PRIT CCMMTITS P
www.accom.gla.ac.uk/pad/ 
SRC FLTSHR
www.glasgowstudent.net/services/atshare/  The SRC run a atshare service, where you can nddetails of single rooms or entire ats, or advertise avacancy.
WSPPRS
vening Times /The Herald/Sunday Herald
WSITS
Search for: S1Rental/Gumtree/Citylets/ GlasgowWestend/Pastures ew/LettingWeb These websites are a good resource for athunting,but remember that these are essentially adverts, so bewary if something looks too good to be true. Whenyou are searching for accommodation online, look out for when the website was last updated to makesure you’re not viewing a property that’s no longerfor rent, or worse, a scam. The usual basic rules apply;never give out your personal details online.
TICRS
ewsagents, supermarkets and some small shopsmay carry advertisements. However, these may notbe as reputable as P. lso check the boards in theSRC, QMU and GUU for further notices.
LTTIG GTS
 There are a variety of dierent letting agentslocated in the West nd. Letting agents may chargean administration fee. These fees are believed toever accept a at without going to see it and, if youcan, take someone with you who has experience of renting.efore you go draw up a checklist of the things youwant to know about, or use the one provided on theback of this booklet.You are the one who will be paying the rent so youhave a right to make sure the place is suitable, in goodcondition and, above all, safe.o not pay a deposit for a at on the promise thatrepairs will be carried out; either wait until the work has been done before accepting it or ask for
written
assurance that it will have been completed by thedate your tenancy starts.
HERE TO lOOkvIEINGAccOmmODATION
be unlawful, but in practice many letting agentsdo charge them and there is no guarantee thata challenge to the fees would be successful. Youtherefore need to factor this into the cost of renting,and shop around to nd agencies with the lowestadministration fees.

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