USI offers advice for students leaving private rented accommodation; partners with Property Button Home Hub service.
The Union of Students in Ireland has issued guidance for students anxious to have a trouble-free departure from their current accommodation – and joined forces with Property Button to help prepare students make their next move hassle free. With the exam season coming to an end, it’s important to prepare to vacate your accommodation in good order – giving the owner nothing to complain about – and more importantly making sure you get that all-important deposit back. There are seven simple steps that everyone should follow to return the place in order and avoid any deposit deductions: make sure you’ve paid all due rent; do a meter reading and make sure you’ve left no outstanding bills as you leave; transfer utility bills or end your contracts; remove all your personal belongings; clean the property thoroughly; do a final inspection with the landlord/agent or take photos of the dwelling; return the keys; leave forwarding address. USI President Annie Hoey warned students to prepare to defend their own rights while moving out. “Moving out can be easy or hard. Landlords have an obligation in law to refund the deposit, but can make deductions for unpaid rent, other already-stated charges or taxes and damage to their property in excess of normal wear and tear. If a property is left in an unsatisfactory state, your landlord has the right to take deductions...Read More