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RLA Offers Timely Advice for Student Landlords

A student behind a pile of books

With millions of students heading to university in a few weeks, student landlords up and down the country are frantically working hard to replace mattresses, fit new appliances, and prepare their accommodation for the hordes of young people moving to uni towns and cities.

Student Landlord Guide

For students, this is an exciting – and frightening – time. For landlords, it’s a time of stress, especially for landlords who don’t have much experience of student tenants. Luckily for them, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has published a handy guide to dealing with student tenants.

Useful tips include how to deal with a student who has changed their mind about going to university and wants to move out of their accommodation. The answer is it depends on whether the students are on a single tenancy agreement or ASTs and living in an HMO.

Another point covered is that of overseas students. The RLA advises that landlords check a student’s right to rent before they enter a tenancy agreement in private rental accommodation. This should also be done 28 days before a visa expires.

Other issues include persuading students to complete their inventory checks (many are too busy enjoying Freshers’ Week to care much about paperwork), checking student accommodation is safe and secure, and ensuring all appliance manuals are available.

RLA Advice Line

If you are a student landlord and you have any queries, speak to the Landlord Advice Team at the RLA.

Don’t forget RLA members get 10% off RLA Landlord Vision software! Sign up for RLA Landlord Vision here.


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