Ive just been searching for flats to move in from September with 2 of my classmates; but most of the flats we could afford have minimum contract length of 12 months. Problem is- none of us wont be living in the flats for the 3 month long summer holidays. I just spoke with a letting agent- and they told me that we could kind of let the flat out to others during the summer period to make up for the contract. I just wanna know- is this a good thing to do? Has anyone else done this? How difficult is it to find people for summer?
Might be difficult, if it's a student let place.
Some people I know come and go during the summer though but in saying that I can see where you're coming from if you only return for say 2 weeks in the holidays. hmm. Unless your landlord doesn't mind whether you let the flat our to other people rather than students. But then they have council tax and stuff eurgh.
Most student houses/flats are on a 12-month contract, so will end up mostly empty in the summer.
A couple of years ago two people moved into my house for the summer, they were postgrads who had deadlines that went on through the summer.
You should be able to find people (or may decide to stay there yourself), it will be pretty hard to find a student house without a contract covering summer, although some offer half rent if nobody is there.
Sub-letting is normally against the terms of the contract.
12 month contracts are the norm, and just because your a student landlords are not going to lower the contract period. You just have to pay for it. Why don't you try to make use of it while your there... get a job near by for that time perhaps?
Google the term break clause it will help you