Whether you are looking for, moving into, living in, or moving out of a house in the private sector, we want to inform, support, and empower you to make the best decisions every step of the way.
When looking for a property in the Wolverhampton, you should always check to see if they are accredited - to protect yourself from landlords or letting agents who have not been property trained or who do not commit to good practices.
The Rent With Confidence Scheme will only ever advertise properties if the Landlord / Agent is accredited with RwC scheme, so if you do look for a property on another website always make sure you check if the lettings agent and/or landlord is listed on the RwC Scheme website – Accredited Landlord Agent Register.
Please Note: This section of the website is under development with the University of Wolverhampton and will provide updated information and details soon.
Choosing where you live whilst at University, and who you live with, are important decisions!
The following useful information will come in handy when you start looking for private rented accommodation and will help you deal with issues that may arise both in University and private rented accommodation alike.
By law, your landlord or letting agent must protect your deposit by paying it into one of three government authorised tenancy deposit schemes. These schemes protect your deposit, make it easier to resolve any disputes you may have with your landlord and help ensure that you get your deposit back when you’re entitled to it!
When you pay your deposit, your landlord or agent should provide you with details of your deposit protection within 30 days. This information should include:
If you don’t receive this information, contact your landlord /agent in writing to chase this up! If you still don’t receive your deposit protection scheme information, then get in touch with Wolverhampton University Student Union and RwC scheme.
If you’re a full time student, you’ll be exempt from paying council tax. Take a look at our Advice Direct for more information about the steps you need to take to be granted a council tax exemption.
Council tax exemption
. A property is exempt from council tax if it is wholly occupied by full-time university or college students. If your property is not exempt, certain people, including full-time students, are disregarded. This may mean that whoever is liable to pay the council tax can get a discount.
Research students and Council Tax
All local authorities have set procedures on how to claim exemption which vary especially for research students in write up stage. Read more in our Advice Direct.
When you rent a private house, there are two types of let – managed and let only.
If your house is managed, then your letting agency is responsible for managing & maintaining your house on your landlord’s behalf. You’ll need to contact them to report any issues, problems or concerns. Make sure you all have their contact details and know what to do if you have a problem outside of office hours!
If your property is let-only, then your landlord is your main contact for any problems. You should be able to find their details on your tenancy agreement or contact. Again, make sure you know what to do if you can’t get hold of them, they’re away, or you need them during unsocial hours!
Students aren’t always aware that they enter into a legal contract when they sign a tenancy or licence agreement. An agreement must be ended properly when you want to move out. The Citizen’s Advice Bureau have guidance on here.
If you live in a shared house of five or more unrelated individuals, living over three floors and sharing facilities, then this house is classed as a ‘property more at risk’. The landlord has extra legal responsibilities to fulfil, including applying for a licence from the City Council to ensure the safety of occupants.
If this applies to you, and you haven’t seen a copy of the licence already, please contact your landlord.
Where you live, the way you behave reflects not just on you but on your University and on students as a whole. Here are some of our tips for being a good neighbour:
It’s easy to forget how thin shared walls can be - or how far noise can travel down a street when walking home at night.
If you’re having a house party or are walking home late at night, make sure you try to keep noise to a reasonable level. You may have to shout to be heard whilst you are in a night club, but this can be turned down once you get outside or if you are at home; or you can always save it for the local karaoke!
Local police can respond to incidents such as noisy parties or noisy neighbours and in extreme cases this can lead to equipment being seized. Make sure you are not the perpetrator!
Anti-social behaviour (ASB) is social harm directed against individuals, communities or the environment. It is any activity that impacts on other people in a negative way. Selfish and unacceptable activities can blight the quality of community life and therefore it is important that you have an idea of how these issues can be addressed.
Examples of ASB include:
Anti-social behaviour is treated very seriously by both West Midlands Police and Birmingham City Council – it can lead to eviction or criminal prosecutions.
Make sure to record what happens, where it happens and who’s involved. This will help local neighbourhood officers, in partnership with the Council, to take action and address any incidents that occur.
If you’re experiencing anti-social behaviour, you’ll need to contact your local police station – they’ll be able to take concrete action to help solve your problem. You can get in touch with West Midlands Police via:
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