How does the deposit work in student accommodation?
Understandably, making sure that you get your deposit back when you leave your student accommodation is a concern for many students. So, we have some tips and advice on how to make sure your deposit is returned at the end of your tenancy.
A deposit is often taken to secure your room when you first book your student accommodation which converts into a damage deposit once you move in. This helps the landlord or operator cover any costs for broken or damaged items in the room or flat.
When you put a deposit down to secure your room with Project Student, that deposit is held in the Deposit Protection Scheme (DPS), we don’t keep this money, and can’t access it.
The deposit to secure your room at Project Student is £250 and returning residents don’t need to pay their deposit again to live with us for the following year as we will hold onto the original deposit.
Our goal is to give you the best experience possible when you live with Project Student, this is why we want to make sure that when your tenancy ends for the year you leave happy.
We know getting your full deposit back will make you happy, so here are some ways you can ensure this happens.
Report your maintenance problems
If you have a maintenance problem, report it as soon as possible to ensure that everything in your accommodation is working by the time your tenancy finishes.
You can report any maintenance issues by emailing the Project Student team and sending images of the issue to provide more details.
Don’t be afraid to report any maintenance problems that arise, the sooner we can get them sorted and fixed, the easier it is for everyone! Our average response time is 3 hours.
Keep your spaces clean
By staying on top of your cleaning it means that when you’re ready to move out at the end of your tenancy the process is much easier for you and us.
Many of our buildings include cleaning to the communal areas, so it’s only your private space that you need to take care of.
Your AST (contract) with us states you need to return your room and flat in the condition you received it in – and that includes cleaning.
Refer to your inventory
As the goal is to have the room returned in the same condition you received it in, we will give you and inventory when you move in. An inventory is a list of everything in the flat so you can comment on the condition and cleanliness of each thing.
A key tip would be to get pictures when you move in to refer to later on and give you a reference for how everything looks.
If you don’t comment on what condition things are in, you will be liable as we will assume you caused the damage
If you would like to find out more information about the DPS or any questions you may have about your deposit, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on June 5, 2023