It’s time for many students up and down the country to head home for the summer. There have been some shocking images making headlines over the past few weeks, showing large rubbish bags piled up high on street corners, and discarded duvets and even sofas.
And with one council, Portsmouth, this week announcing that is would be fining HMO students and landlords £5000 if they dispose of household rubbish incorrectly, now is a good time to give some advice to your student tenants about clearing out their rental properties.
Follow these top tips below to make sure your tenants are aware of their responsibilities.
- Make sure your tenants know the correct bin to use
With all this hot weather we’ve been having recently, there’s nothing worse than the smell of overflowing fly-ridden bins in the street. Taking the time to make sure your tenants are clear when it comes to different coloured bins will help to save space in the black bin.
2.Send tenants a letter explaining what they should do when they are clearing out the property It is a good idea to post a letter to your tenants close to their moving out date about how to get rid of things in the property. There is a cost to removing big unwanted items from properties, and by sending your tenants a letter outlining their responsibilities before-hand, it may be easier for you to claim this cost of the deposit when the tenancy has finished.
3.Remind tenants of importance of removing ALL of their belongings from the property This will save you-and your tenants- time in the long run. If large items are unusable, such as broken TV’s and sofas, it is a good idea to remind your tenants to leave them inside the property. It may be tempting for tenants to leave broken sofas or the like in the front garden of the property or even on the street. However, not only is fly tipping illegal, leaving unwanted sofas and the like on the pavement can put the property at greater risk of being burgled, because this is a strong indicator that the property is empty.