Why live in a Code property?
In a word, reassurance. Often for students one of the big anxieties about college life is working out the options on where to live and how to secure decent accommodation. For students looking for shared housing – there are many uncertainties about what to expect and the reality of what is out there.
What the Code does is to establish a minimum set of professional standards for shared student houses (off-street properties) and how they are managed. Landlords who are members of the Unipol/AfS Code commit to meeting these standards. If they fall short, there are mechanisms readily available to students to have things put right. Members are also checked for compliance when they join and periodically after that.
In signing a tenancy for a Code property, students are giving themselves the reassurance that:
- the property is of a certain standard
- it is appropriately maintained and
- if anything goes wrong they have at their disposal a reliable means of having that problem addressed fairly and reasonably, and in good time.
Students signing up for a property covered by the Code can expect:
- their contract to be clearly written and to stick to reasonable terms; and to state straightforwardly how much the rent is (with no hidden costs) and what they are paying for
- their accommodation to be ready on the day they move in
- the accommodation to meet a set of nationally recognised standards, covering services, furniture and fittings
- repairs and maintenance to be carried out within timescales prescribed by the Code
- the property to meet with robust health and safety standards
- clarity on what deposit charges are for and why any deductions have been made from it at the end of the tenancy
- information to be provided at the start of the tenancy, explaining what management routines the landlord follows, for example in doing repairs and routine maintenance
- a prescribed and independently administered procedure for dealing with disputes and complaints that may arise between tenants and their landlord