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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...

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The Union of Students in Ireland is now recruiting two staff to join its Dublin-based operation. Applying Candidates should apply by forwarding a CV and a letter stating the title of the role applied for and outlining your suitability for the role (with adherence to the tasks and criteria) to arrive by 1pm on Friday 2nd June 2017, to: The Recruitment Officer The Union of Students in Ireland Portview House Thorncastle Street Ringsend Dublin 4 Or by email to info@usi.ie. The subject line should state your name and the reference code for the job. The Roles are: Public Relations...

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SUT2017 – Athlone & Belfast

USI’s Student Union Training programme is the primary advanced training programme for student officers in Ireland.  It is open to students’ unions in membership of the national union. Part 1 of SUT is for Sabbatical Officers, and will be held at Athlone Institute of Technology from 10 to 13 July 2017.  Covering all the functional activities of the students’ union, the student movement ethos and initial training for sabbatical officers on team cohesion and development, the event also presents the opportunity for student leaders to network, integrate and socialise with their peers, with a view to the formation of an effective nationally focused movement. The event is a residential training, with officers accommodated in student accommodation beside the college.  Along with the work schedule an active sports evening, exploration of the town of Athlone and social gatherings are planned for the week.  At the end of the week, the first National Council (national executive) meeting will take place. Part 2 of SUT is called SUT+ and will be held at Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union from 15 to 16 August 2017.  This event combines training with a pressure simulation – an in-tray exercise designed to expose student leaders to some of the political and interpersonal pressures they will experience throughout their term of office.  SUT+ unites student officers from across Ireland as members of the executive committee of the...

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