Renting in Edinburgh, top 5 things to look out for

“1. How to ensure your deposit is returned when you rent a room in the UK

When renting a private home in the UK, you will need to pay a deposit of 4-6 weeks’ rent when you sign the contract. The landlord must place the deposit in a Tenancy Deposit Protection scheme, which is guaranteed by the UK government, within 30 days of receiving it. The Deposit Protection Service MyDeposits, Tenancy Deposit Scheme and Capita Tenancy Deposit Protection are currently accredited to protect the rights of tenants. If a tenant’s tenancy has expired, the landlord or housing agent must refund the deposit in full, within 10 days of the end of the contract, provided no damage has been done to the landlord’s property and the rent and bills are paid on time. This deposit will always be protected by the TDP if you have a conflict with your landlord over the deposit.

2. Do your homework before you go to live in the UK

Information on university websites and advice from fellow students can often be more useful than a student accommodation in Edinburgh agent, and if older students have lived in a particular student house, they can give you first-hand, real-life experience.

Rents and housing vary from area to area, so you can ask your fellow students for the most affordable rental accommodation based on your own psychological price point. Advice from older students can save you a lot of money in this regard, and some university student unions will have free brochures and counselling services available.

If the original tenant is living in the property when you look at it, you can also ask him how he feels about living there; he is certainly the person who knows the most about the advantages and disadvantages of the room.

3. Don’t miss every little detail of your contract when renting a room in the UK

Most contracts state that the tenant needs to give the landlord at least one month’s notice (Notice) if the contract is to be terminated, however in some cases it can take up to 2 months or 15 days. This information will be clearly marked in the contract and you need to check it carefully before signing it, otherwise don’t cry about the landlord’s shenanigans if it is in black and white.

If some Edinburgh student accommodation are in poor condition, it is advisable to take good photos before moving in. Scratches on the walls, stains on the carpets, broken furniture, etc. should be photographed and recorded well and communicated between the two parties, otherwise it may become a dispute when returning the house.

4. The energy-saving condition of the house determines the monthly bill

Many Chinese landlords or second landlords will pay a monthly bill for their tenants, while some people who share a flat share the monthly water and electricity consumption. Don’t forget to take the monthly bill into account when working out how much you can afford to pay for your home. Students don’t pay Council Tax and have to pay for gas, electricity, broadband, water and, if you have a TV and watch live TV, a TV Licence of £145.50 per year.

When looking for a home, remember to check the energy efficiency score (EPC), the higher the score the lower the monthly bill; the orientation of the home also determines whether there is enough light in winter, which affects the indoor temperature; if the home has double glazing in the windows, it is more effective in keeping warm.

5. Lock your doors and windows to prevent fire and theft

It is common for international students to go out late at night due to the richness of their lives in the UK. When renting an apartment, try to choose an area with a good security situation and check the crime rate statistics on It’s also important that your flatmates look out for each other and don’t neglect to close the windows in the living room or kitchen when you go to bed. If you are worried about property theft, you can also take out property insurance, which will cover your laptop, mobile phone, iPad, etc.

Many UK houses have smoke and fire alarms in the kitchen. If there is too much smoke or vapour, the alarm may be triggered and you should open a window and press the alarm as soon as possible. In some student halls of residence and flats, if the alarm is activated, everyone must go downstairs and gather in the courtyard and wait for the resident staff to check the situation before returning.”

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