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    I've read about scammy landlords taking advantage of students, how do you avoid not getting ripped off and not having a d1ckhead for a landlord?
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    I found this website which may help you:

    http://iecp.psu.edu/docs/SmartRenter.pdf

    Also make sure you've seen the accommodation before you've moved in there, if there are people still living there take the opportunity to ask them about their landlords. Don't be afraid to ask them outright what/if they've had any problems with their landlord. Research the landlord or agency they let through online first to find out what some people say. I wish I'd done that with mine first otherwise I could have saved myself alot of trouble! Also read the fine print of your contract for any extra charges they throw in.

    Then when you move in video/photograph the accommodation before you move all your stuff is in there. If you notice any existing damages or marks photograph them carefully. Then email them to your landlord on the same day, this way there's a dated record and if they try to claim money off you afterwards for it then you can refer back to that. Which leads onto always have written communication! Ask for everything in writing and keep all receipts you are give. If you have a conversation where they say they won't charge you for something etc then send an email asking for them to confirm it. Then when your contract is over you'll have written proof of everything. Remember a landlord may seem nice in person, but when your contract is over your deposit looks like a nice shiny pile of free money to them.
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    I would go through an agency. That way it will be professional and you are a lot less likely to have problems getting your deposit back.
 
 
 
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