11 Jun

Check-Ins | Storing your belongings over Summer

By TLR Estates, 11th June 2019

 

Storing your belongings over the summer can be a useful practice. I’d hazard a guess that you’ll be going home for the summer, and if you’re intending to travel back by public transport then taking everything with you can be difficult.

However, if you are going to store any things then we need you to follow the process perfectly which you can find below…

 


 

How do I move my stuff in?

Cardiff
To move your stuff in, you’ll need to make an appointment and pay a £50 key deposit. Follow the process below:

  1. Call the office to book yourself an appointment in our diary.
  2. Come to the office on time for your appointment.
  3. Pay your £50 key deposit (in cash) and receive your key.
  4. Move your things into the room fully boxed/bagged and labelled “19/20 Tenant Belongings”.
  5. Return your key and get your £50 key deposit back in full.

 

Swansea
Our process is slightly different in Swansea. Please follow the process below:

  1. Call the office to book yourself an appointment in our diary.
  2. Go to the property on time for your appointment.
  3. You will be met by a member of staff from The Living Room who will let you in and open your room.
  4. Move your things into the room fully boxed/bagged and labelled “19/20 Tenant Belongings”.

*Please remember that during the first week of July (1st – 5th) we will be open by appointment only. So it’s super important that you book an appointment to move your stuff and turn up on time.
 

What is a summer retainer?

A summer retainer is a compromise. Way back when, landlords only did 12 month contracts for students – even though most students would go home for the summer anyway.  In South Wales in particular, a summer retainer is quite common practice. Instead of paying 12 months rent, students only pay 10 months + a summer retainer (1 months). Even though students can’t live in the property, storage of belongings is usually permitted as long as there’s not major building works going on in the property.

For the landlords, they get 2 months worth of vacant possession to complete remedial works and cleaning to the property. In many ways it’s a win-win for both sides.

Unfortunately, due to the Tenant Fee ban coming in on the 1st September 2019, agents across South Wales are likely to move back to 12 month contracts ahead of the 20/21 academic year, so this will be the last summer that you’ll pay a summer retainer!

 


 

Need more information on how to check-in?

Don’t forget to read up on our other posts in this series which you can access by clicking the links below:

If you have any questions, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us either by phone or email.

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