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Majority of Students Satisfied with their Landlords

Published On: January 3, 2019 at 10:26 am


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The majority of students in the UK are satisfied with their landlords, according to the latest National Student Index from property app BubbleStudent.

The survey dispels the common belief that students feel taken advantage of by those that they are renting from, finding that they’re generally happy with their living conditions and the services offered by their landlords.

A conclusive 63% of students surveyed said that they were more than satisfied with their living conditions, with over half of those believing that they were getting good value for money.

A small number (7.5%) were largely dissatisfied with their landlords’ communication and general behaviour, disproving the widely held notion that student-landlord relationships are strained.

Student properties can provide lucrative opportunities for buy-to-let investors, as, despite the public perception, students are typically reliable renters, with access to a steady stream of income through loans and grants.

The majority of student tenants will also be supported by a parent guarantor, which minimises the risk of defaulted payments, while the six-month lead time on contracts helps to reduce void periods.

The UK has close to two million full-time students, almost half of which are currently renting from private landlords. The removal of the university admissions cap in 2015 has seen record numbers of students take up places at university, so, for investors, students represent a guaranteed market, regardless of economic fluctuations.

For students, sourcing the right property can be a challenge. As often first time renters, students often struggle with the processes involved in finding and securing accommodation, and the findings from the National Student Index highlight the value that students place on good landlord relations when it comes to selecting a property.

Felix Henderson, the CEO and Founder of BubbleStudent, says: “There are many misconceptions about the relationship between student tenants and landlords, however, our research has revealed that the majority of students are more than satisfied with general landlord behaviour and the standard of their accommodation, representing a real shift in the dynamic from previous years.

“This change is, in part, due to an increasing awareness of just how lucrative the student market can be, along with improvements to the way these relationships are facilitated and managed. We use an app-based service to match students with properties, book viewings, secure contracts and help students make rental payments. This virtual proximity has gone a long way towards helping to remove some of the barriers and pain points for both students and landlords alike, resulting in improved satisfaction across the field.”

Majority of Students Believe Accommodation is Good Value for Money

Published On: November 26, 2018 at 10:48 am


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The majority of students in the UK believe that their accommodation provides good value for money, according to the first ever Student Accommodation Survey, which was compiled by Knight Frank between May-August 2018, in collaboration with UCAS.

This is the largest survey of its kind in the UK, highlighting the opinions of more than 70,000 British and international students.

Across the country, around 30% of full-time first year undergraduates live in purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA), which is owned or operated by private providers. This is up from 22% five years ago. A further 40% live in university halls of residence, while the remaining 30% live in the private rental sector or at home with their families.

The majority of students said that they were happy with their accommodation choice for the year, however, levels of happiness were slightly higher for those living in private PBSA (76%) and university halls (76%) than those living in the private rental sector (73%).

Majority of Students Believe Accommodation is Good Value for Money

Majority of Students Believe Accommodation is Good Value for Money

The key drivers of happiness in private PBSA were: location, the option to live with friends, and the quality of accommodation.

When it came to finding somewhere to live, the single most important factor was value for money. Some 97% of respondents rated this as being important to them, with around half rating it as extremely important.

The majority (67%) of students rated their accommodation as good value for money, with a further 12% saying that it was neither good or bad value. Good value for money was cited regardless of whether students were living in private PBSA, university accommodation or the private rental sector.

Parental involvement also had a role to play when it came to finding somewhere to live, especially for first year students, with 76% saying that their parents helped in making the decision.

This was much lower for second and third year students, with almost half (45%) saying that their parents had no involvement at all.

The survey also points to affordability being an issue affecting student wellbeing. Some 63% identified living costs as being very important when it came to their overall wellbeing.

41% of final year students intended to remain in the city in which they studied when they graduate. Graduate retention was highest in London (67%), followed by Edinburgh (47%), Manchester (46%) and Birmingham (41%).

Thinking about where they intend to live following graduation, more than half of students would move directly into a property in the private rental sector, while 31% would move back into the family home.

The Global Head of Student Property at Knight Frank, James Pullan, says: “The focus on student accommodation has never been so acute and, with several universities facing financial challenges, as well as the potential impacts of the Augar Review on tuition fees, universities must ensure that they get their accommodation offering right.

“Our survey comes at a time when the private PBSA sector in the UK faces its own set of challenges; not least from policy and from competition in what has become an increasingly global market for higher education.”

He continues: “The private sector now accounts for the majority of new PBSA development, and, as universities become more reliant on outside investment to provide new PBSA, greater focus is likely to be placed on the strength of the relationship between the private sector and universities. The ability for both to work together and bring new product and innovation to market will be key to future success.”

One in Five Students Lost Part of their Tenancy Deposits

Published On: October 4, 2018 at 9:56 am


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One in five (22%) students lost part of their tenancy deposits when they left their accommodation at the end of the last academic year, according to new research from The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS).

UK landlords are legally obliged to protect any deposit that they take from their tenants in case of loss or damage caused during the course of a tenancy agreement with one of three Government-approved protection schemes.

The DPS explains that students arriving at university can drastically improve their chances of receiving their deposit back when they leave by acting now.

The Managing Director of the protection scheme, Julian Foster, says: “Like anyone renting accommodation, students must act responsibly during their tenancies and be aware of both their rights and responsibilities.

“If their deposit is protected, our free dispute resolution service can ensure that they can challenge any deduction they consider unreasonable, and that an independent adjudicator will consider their evidence before making a decision.”

One in Five Students Lost Part of their Tenancy Deposits

One in Five Students Lost Part of their Tenancy Deposits

He continues: “The system also gives landlords a chance to reclaim any costs created by the behaviour of their tenants, so student renters should think and act in a way that prevents damage or other losses from the very first day of their tenancy – not just towards the end of the academic year.”

The research found that cleaning (63%) is the most common reason cited by landlords for claiming part or all of their tenants’ deposits, followed by damage to the property (54%), redecoration (37%), rent arrears (23%), gardening (16%), replacing missing items (16%), and paying outstanding bills (4%).

Top tips for student tenants

The DPS has offered its 12 top tips on how students can increase their chances of retaining their tenancy deposits:

  1. Firstly, make sure that your landlord protects your deposit with a Government-authorised deposit protection scheme.
  2. When you move in, approve the inventory with any other tenants and return it to the landlord.
  3. If you have not met the landlord of your property, make sure to check their name against your university or student union’s list of approved landlords.
  4. Remember that every tenancy agreement can be different; make sure to read yours carefully to understand your rights and responsibilities.
  5. Record all communications with your landlord in writing, particularly any agreements that you make. Also, follow up any phone calls or face-to-face conversations with what was agreed in an email.
  6. Keep copies of any documents, receipts and email correspondence relating to your tenancy.
  7. Report any issues with the property promptly and in writing, including the cause of the problem.
  8. If you ever take photographs of issues with the property, ensure that they are date stamped.
  9. Remember that your obligations as tenants are likely to be what is known legally as “joint and several”; if one individual tenant does not accept personal responsibility when something goes wrong, such as a breakage, then it becomes the joint responsibility of all the tenants.
  10. Remember that most tenancy agreements stipulate that tenants are liable for damage to communal areas, as well as within your own room.
  11. Also, liability generally extends right until the end of the tenancy; if you move out before other tenants, you could remain jointly responsible for the property.
  12. Attend the check-out inspection at the end of your tenancy and take your own photos if necessary.

Top 10 Student BTL Hotspots

Published On: September 6, 2018 at 9:31 am


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Student property remains a highly profitable investment available to landlords, with great yields of almost 12% presently on offer.

With returning students heading back to university over the next few weeks, demand for student housing is currently high, but which locations can buy-to-let landlords investing in the student property sector expect to achieve the highest yields?

Recent research provided by online letting agent identifies which UK universities offer the best rental yield surrounding the campus.

According to the study undertaken, Birmingham has the highest return for the price of the property, in comparison to rental prices.

The UK’s second largest city is home to both Aston University and Birmingham City University in outcode B4, which share the same rental yield of 11.66%, with an average annual rental price of £15,672.

Teeside University in Middlesbrough (TS1) offers the third highest rental yield at an average of 10.73%.

LS2 in Leeds, where both the Leeds Art University and the University of Leeds are located, is home to a rental yield of 9.22%.

The University of Edinburgh in EH8 has the sixth highest rental yield at 8.61%, closely followed by Nottingham Trent University in NG1 with an 8.41% rental yield and Bangor University in LL57 with 8.1%.

Buy-to-let landlords can expect a rental yield of 7.65% near Edinburgh Napier University in EH11 and 7.55% when investing in property surrounding De Montfort University in Leicester LE1.

In order to calculate the rental yield surrounding each UK university, Urban used the local outcode to find the average property and rental prices of the area and divided the annual average rental cost by the average property price, giving the percentage of the rental yield of that outcode.

Adam Male, the Founder of, commented: “The buy-to-let market will always be a profitable business close to the nation’s university campuses despite the impositions that have been forced on the buy-to-let market of late, as thousands of students are in desperate need for accommodation every year.

“For those looking to get on the rental ladder, looking to invest near a university guarantees an annual income and one that is often footed by the Government via student loans. While it does have its negatives and can result in higher upkeep costs, investing near to one of these universities can make a great sense financially.

“Although the housing market is stronger in London and the South East in terms of actual prices, the Midlands and further north provide a much more attractive proposition in terms of rental yields and these areas are also home to some of the UK’s top universities. These are the sort of factors that buy-to-let landlords need to consider in the current landscape when looking to invest.”



Are you in Need of an Exam About What Students Want in Their Uni Accommodation?

Published On: September 3, 2018 at 9:20 am


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August 16th… a day full of celebrations and excitement for those students who will soon be furthering their academic journeys.

However, not only is this a significant day for students, but for landlords this should be an important reminder about student accommodation. Have you ensured that students will be attracted to your property? Do you really know what they’re looking for?

Key decoration and furnishings that students expect in their rental property:

Colour Schemes

When considering a colour scheme, going down the neutral route seems the most appropriate way to go as it will appeal to more people, and will easily match with any type of furniture and furnishings.
When deciding on paint, use a satin finish so that it will be easy to clean walls in between tenancies and reduce the remedial work to get the property ready for the next tenant. Use high durability paints that contain acrylic or latex to reduce the requirement for redecoration. If you need a quick change between tenants, be sure to use water based acrylic paint – it is less time consuming.


Go for a mid-tone carpet that doesn’t expose dirt or stains. Cheap carpets may be appealing but are far likelier to become distressed or damaged, especially with regular professional cleaning. So, choose the best quality flooring you can afford. Light carpets are difficult to maintain and show dirt and stains too easily.
Carpets are generally preferred in sleeping areas, but good quality laminate or wooden floors are also popular and offer a far more modern feel.


Providing a furnished property is perfect for students who need a clean, pleasant and safe space to study.
Ensure that each room has the basics covered:
Lounge – sofa and side table
Dining area/room – table and chairs
Bedroom – bed and bedside tables
As you are aiming at a student, you may want to invest in a desk and chair to meet their study needs.
Supplying white goods in your rental may also be an added incentive to achieve a quick rental. The minimum would be a cooker, washing machine and fridge/freezer.

As a landlord, you need to ensure that these key things are in place prior to the viewing process:

• Go through the property and ensure it is clean and presentable
• If you were the prior resident arrange to have your mail redirected
• Transfer utility bills into the name of the new tenant
• Arrange for the council tax to be paid by the new tenant
• Leave instructions for all appliances with each appliance.
• Make sure all relevant equipment is labelled correctly
• Copy the house keys so that each tenant has a set

Ensure that you can provide your tenants with the following:

• An Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement
• A Schedule 2 Ground 2 Mortgage Notice
• Energy Performance Certificate
• Gas Safety Certificate
• How to rent guide
• Standing Order
• Smoke alarm checklist
• Inventory of the property

On the day your tenants move in:

• Take final meter readings and give them to the tenants
• Conduct, agree and sign the inventory with the tenants
• Demonstrate the workings of relevant equipment – alarms, locks
• Explain how to use any safety equipment – extinguishers, blankets
• Provide emergency contact numbers and written explanations of how to deal with an emergency in the property
• Allow the tenants to ask you any questions they have
• Hand over the keys

As well as this list of key things you should ensure you have in your student property, we have answers from some local students. This is what the recent graduates of Nottingham Trent University have commented, regarding what they think students look for when they start University.

As a graduate, what do you think landlords could do to attract students to their properties?

“Honestly, I think offering rent with bills included at a reasonable price saves a lot of hassle. These new students will 9 times out of 10, not really know how to handle their money and might get confused and stressed about balancing separate bill payments on top of all the studying they are required to do.

“In addition, ensuring that the property has a double bed is a big plus. Students want to feel comfortable in their accommodation. For some, this is a totally different ballgame. They are in a city they have no clue about and will already feel anxious about this entire experience. So, maybe landlords could ensure that there is a decent bed and affordable bills that work for both parties. This would most definitely attract students in my opinion.”

In terms of what I think students want in addition to this, is added extras such as fast, quality broadband, decent white goods and facilities like a fully functioning washing machine, maybe a tumble dryer too.”

What kinds of things did you look for specifically when you were searching for a property?

“Personally, I narrowed down my search by making sure that there were three basic things in each property. I knew that I wanted a property with decent insulation, gas heating and double-glazed windows.

I wasn’t too bothered personally about the decoration inside the property, but I wanted to be certain that I would be warm and comfortable during my tenancy. Luckily, my landlord was lovely and ensured that we had everything we needed. This made my experience a pleasant one. I would suggest that all landlords wanting to increase their chances of more viewings should ensure that these things are prioritised.”

When you were a student, which property type did you pick, and why?

“We lived in a terraced house as a group of 4. Initially, we didn’t really mind where we were going to live because it would have only been for a year, however, to save searching for another property towards the end of our second year at University, we decided to renew our tenancy after the year was up and continue living in the property.

We all picked this property because the rent was manageable and was decent for what we had. The landlord was fair with this and we had decent furniture, despite the house being slightly old, with a few cracks and damages here and there.

Overall, I’d say we picked it because of the rent price, the amount of kitchen and general living space we had and also because it was nearby to public transport which we all needed to get to University and around the city. This definitely worked in the landlord’s favour, as we had a nice house, easy access to transport and affordable rent. “

Lastly, we want to remind landlords that it is paramount to cover your investment, this is why Just Landlords, the Landlord Insurance provider provides the highest quality and widest cover as standard, for both ordinary landlords and student landlords. Please visit our website to enquire further.

Master Locksmiths Association Issues Security Advice to Student Landlords Ahead of New Academic Year

Published On: August 31, 2018 at 9:30 am


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As a brand-new group of students begin their academic journeys, the Master Locksmith Association, leading trade association of the locksmithing profession, has issued new advice to landlords of student property.

It is no secret that student accommodation is amongst the most targeted property in the country, thanks to a combination of lax security measures and the potential of rich pickings; for would-be thieves.

A recent study discovered that 1 in 4 students are burgled during their time at University, with a large £25m lost to thieves since 2014. Moreover, 80% of student thefts occur at city universities, where privately-rented, multiple occupancy student accommodations are more common.

With a new generation of so-called ‘silver spoon students’ no arriving at University, for whom Wi-fi, en-suite facilities and flat screens are considered basic amenities, the cost to landlords of repairs has potentially never been greater.

Managing Director of the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) gives the following advice for student landlords:

1. Know who has access to your property: Would-be thieves don’t always need to force their way into your property. Workmen, letting agents and past tenants may still have keys to your property. Even if you ask for all keys to be returned, there’s no guarantee that they don’t have copies. A patented lock system is a simple, cost-effective way to limit the number of keys in circulation and prevent keys from being cut without proof of ownership.

2. Think like a burglar: Before new students move in, take the opportunity to review security on your property. Remove any large objects or debris outside that could potentially be used to gain entry and repair any broken doors or windows. Be sure to take a look at other similar properties nearby and look for anything different on your property that could make it obvious it is student accommodation.

3. Discuss security: Your new tenants may never have had the responsibility of securing a property alone before, so walk them through what you expect of them when they first move in. Perform routine visits to the property to ensure your tenants are correctly maintaining security and regularly testing the burglar alarm.

4. Install preventative measures: Dusk-till-dawn security lights around the property will help deter thieves from attempting to gain access and alert your neighbours to any attempt to gain access. Interior light timers can also give the impression that someone is in.

5. Invest in good-quality security fixtures: Quality locks and security measures not only reduce the likelihood of theft, the increased lifespan of the products will save money in the long term. For a list of rigorously tested security products, visit

6. Don’t be tempted to DIY: If you have concerns about the security of your property, hire a professional – the average cost of fixing botched DIY jobs is £323 Your local MLA-approved locksmith will be able to provide a thorough and independent safety and security assessment, offering advice and installation services on all security upgrades necessary to meet insurance requirements.

7. Security and Safety: Equally as important as security is safety. It’s very easy for the wrong kind of door hardware to be installed or fitted to an individual property, especially in homes of multiple occupation (HMO). In addition to this, HMO licencing could be in for some changes and landlords could be held directly responsible in an emergency situation – so advice from a trained professional from organisations such as the MLA are essential to prevent issues such as entrapment.