NUI Galway newcomers urged to be cautious about accommodation

first_imgThe NUI Galway Students’ Union is warning prospective students not to rush into signing accommodation leases after the release of CAO offers. With the first round of CAO Offers being issued next Monday thousands of students across the country will now find themselves looking for accommodation for the 2018/19 academic year.Housing for students has been an issue in the past and NUI Galway Students’ Union urges students to be cautious before committing to a private residence this year. Before rushing into signing a lease/contract it is extremely important to make sure the property fits the needs of all tenants. There are properties available so don’t panic and make sure you keep a close eye on all the accommodation websites especially www.nuigstudentpad.ieHere are some tips before signing a lease:Take your time when viewing a property. Ensure all the necessities are there e.g. washing machine, furnishings etc.Take photos of the property and make sure to highlight any damages already there e.g. Cigarette burns, carpet stains etc.When viewing the property, check that all gas and electrical appliances are in good working order.If there are any repairs to be made in the property, be sure to get it in writing from the landlord or agency that these problems will be rectified before handing over your deposit.Avoid paying the deposit in cash and ensure you get a receipt for any moneys exchanged. You are legally entitled to a receipt so make sure to insist on one.Request a viewing prior to the move in date to ensure that all outstanding issues have been rectified.Ensure the house is well ventilated and that heating sources are identified prior to signing a contract/lease.Insist that a building energy rating (BER) certificate is provided prior to signing the contract. This will help you know how cold the house is likely to get and will give you an idea of the cost for heating.Ensure you are clear on the duration of the tenancy. If you sign a lease and leave early you may be liable to pay outstanding rent even though you are no longer living there.Make sure it’s clearly outlined in your lease which utility bills you must pay.Take out contents insurance as the landlord’s policy will not cover your personal possessions.Make sure to get a free rent book from the Students’ Union particularly if you are paying your rent in cash and have the landlord sign the book and give you a receipt.Students’ Union President Megan Reilly said: “Finding accommodation can be extremely stressful and people tend to rush into it. It is paramount that you follow these guidelines and ensure that the house you live in will be sustainable for you and your friends.“Never rush into getting accommodation, be cautious and insist on receipts and any repairs where necessary. This will be where you stay for at least nine months so make sure you have all the necessities before making any commitments. Students still seeking accommodation should check www.nuigstudentpad.ie ” NUI Galway newcomers urged to be cautious about accommodation was last modified: August 13th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img