Where to find Accommodation

Depending upon what you are looking for will influence where you look for your accommodation

Student Pad This is a webpage run by the University where landlords and individuals can advertise houses and rooms and individuals can also share that they are looking for accommodation.

Letting Agents The council have produced a list of local Letting Agents who have attended training sessions run by the council in partnership with the University of Exeter. The training offers frontline staff a good practical grounding in the Housing Health & Safety Rating System (HHSRS) – the basic standard for all housing – and other related laws.

Purpose Built Student Accommodation

The University accommodation Webpage has a list of Purpose Built Student Accommodation and you can visit their webpages to see what they offer to suit you.

Websites

There are a number of websites that you could use to search for accommodation, however these are run by private providers so we are unable to recommend the use of one over another but they are listed as follows:

Social media

There are also a number of Exeter University Facebook groups with thousands of members that you could search for people looking to rent their accommodation. 

Viewing a property

The agent or landlord needs to give the tenant 24 hours notice if they intend to enter the property. If you think this isn't happening this may be something to consider about how professional the landlord is and you may want to adress if you take on the property.


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How can I view a property with Covid restrictions

We would be advising you to go to the property and have a full viewing, taking your time to look properly at the accommodation.

Last year virtual viewing were the safer option to prevent the spread of Covid and mixing of households. We are aware that many agents are continueing with virtual viewings and while we can see the advantage of that, we also would encourage an in person viewing where possible.

We are not supportive of the practice of only being allowed an in person view of the property when a non refundable deposit has been paid to secure the property. 

If viewings in person are happening we would advise that this be with 1 lead tenant, rather than the full house and every practical effort made to reduce the risk of infection, as per Government guidance.

We would expect the following

  • Face masks worn as standard

  • Property fully ventilated

  • Ideally tenants are out of the property at the time of viewing

  • Surfaces that are high touch to be clean before and after viewing.

  • No viewings should take place if anyone in the property or viewing the property is self-isolating


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Can a new tenant move in?

A new tenant can move in as long as no one is within a 14 day isolation period for testing positive for COVID or possibility of getting COVID, but they and other house mates need to be extra cautious with a cleaning regimes and distancing and possible face covering to begin with. To ensure that the new tenant feels welcome it could be good to say that for a couple of weeks, you will keep a bit of distance and then be able to come together as a house more thereafter.


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