Q. Can I live with my friends?
Yes, Just state your friend’s names on your application, with them doing the same too. You can also say if you have a preferred gender or year of study for your flatmates. We’ll try our best to meet your preferences but it’s not always guaranteed and is subject to availability.
Q. What is a guarantor? Do I need one?
If you’re paying ahead for the full year, you don’t have to provide a UK guarantor.
However, if you wish to pay your rent in instalments, you will need a UK-based guarantor who is working full-time. Your guarantor must agree to pay the rent should you default on your payment. Providing a guarantor is common practice in the UK and provides us with the security and knowledge that the rent will be paid in full and on time.
If you cannot provide a qualified UK guarantor, you can contact Housing Hand to provide you with the Guarantor Service. Housing Hand specializes in dealing with International Students who cannot provide a Guarantor in the UK.
Q. What are repairs and maintenance policy?
This is a commitment that we’ll always do our best to ensure that your stay with us is safe and comfortable. When things break down, need replacing, or even servicing, we’ll attend to it as quickly as possible. Each of our properties has on-site maintenance support to help us achieve that.
Q. How do I inform if something breaks down?
Inform on the online student portal. The portal keeps a log of your report and updates you on the status of the repair. If that is not convenient, let a member of our team know.
Q. How long it will take to do the repairs?
Priority One “Emergency Repairs” are attended within a maximum of 24 hours of a report. These would be any repairs required to avoid a danger to health, a risk to the safety of residents or serious damage to buildings or resident’s belongings, such as:
- Breaches of security to external doors or windows
- Unsafe electrical fittings or gas leak
- Heating and/or loss of hot water
- Plumbing leaks
- Faulty kitchen appliances, such as a broken oven
- A fault with the fire system, faulty detector or fire panel
Priority Two “Urgent Repairs” are attended within five working days of a report. These would be any repairs which materially affect the comfort or convenience of the residents such as:
- Blocked drains, sinks or toilet
- Minor electrical fault, such as a light out in a hallway
- Faulty extractor fan
- Dripping/leaking taps or shower units
- Shower base re-seal
Priority Three “Non-urgent Repairs” are attended within 28 days of a report. These would be any repairs not falling within the above categories, such as:
- Replacement chair or mattress
- Minor plumbing repairs
- Faulty TV aerial
- Repairs to kitchen fittings
- Tiling repairs
- Kitchen worktop repair