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If you don’t fancy staying in halls for the duration of your studies, renting in the private sector is a popular option for many students.
If you choose to share with friends in the private rented sector, this information could help you.
Students living in Southampton are in a unique position. As well as being a busy, vibrant and green city, Southampton has a wide range of student housing options.
If you are in your second or third year of study you will have the opportunity to stay in official university residences, or alternatively you may prefer to rent in the private sector.
The University advises you not to start looking for accommodation until 1 February 2017. SASSH.co.uk is the official university housing accreditation scheme for private housing and will be releasing its list of properties from 1 February 2017. We will also be holding a housing fare in the Spark on 2 February 2017 for all your house hunting needs.
Until then our advice is clear, don't rent yet.
The city has a wide range of student housing to choose from so there is no need to rush into renting.
Come along to the University's housing fare on the 2 February 2017 in the Spark and join us on Twitter at @SASSHtweets.
The Immigration Act 2014 introduced the concept of the 'right to rent' to the private rented housing sector, where landlords must check their tenants’ immigration status and show that they are legally allowed to reside in the UK.
From 1 February 2016, all landlords must carry out right to rent checks on all tenants and retain copies of certain documents evidencing their immigration status. Landlords and agencies are required by law to carry out these checks. For further details of landlords legal obligations please view the www.gov.uk website.
For most students, you will need to show your passport and provide a photocopy for your landlord to keep. If you don’t have a passport, please see the full list of accepted documents. Under no circumstances should you allow the landlord or letting agent to retain an original copy.
Right to rent checks will happen when you start a new tenancy or if there is a break in your current contract. If you sublet your room it will be your responsibility to do the right to rent checks. Should you be renewing a tenancy with no changes to any tenants or the agreement, there will be no need for the landlord or agent to carry out these checks again as this would be a continuation of occupation.
As a final reminder, please do not part with any original identification and ensure you have sufficient copies to provide on viewings.
If you are concerned about how these legal changes will affect your accommodation search, please contact the Housing Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University has a website www.sassh.co.uk where you can search for accredited private rented accommodation. Properties are registered by private landlords and provides the opportunity to be part of the accreditation scheme which is a voluntary scheme to promote responsible renting of student housing.
You can access the SASSH standards and look at what landlords must adhere to in order to register with the scheme.
The website allows you to search the accredited property list on a wide range of housing options, as well as view maps, and leave messages about looking for accommodation, spare rooms or potential housemates.
There is a lot to think about when you are looking at accommodation and the following pages are a summary of important things to consider – please also look at the guide to private sector housing which includes a useful checklist.
Guide to private sector housing
If you have any queries relating to private sector accommodation, please contact the private sector housing advisor on 023 8201 5040 or email email@example.com.
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