It’s no secret that living in shared accommodation has its perks when it comes to the student budget and with the cost of living rising, this option is increasingly popular. However, there are a few things that students dislike, which are always good to know as a Landlord…
1. The shared bathroom
Faulty faucets, leaking pipes and dripping showers are not ideal but oh so common within shared accommodation if not maintained. Students expressed that aside from not removing hair from the plughole (gross, we know!) a non functioning bathroom can be a bane during their time at University. With multiple tenants, the frequent usage will naturally wear and tear the appliances.
- Ensure bathroom facilities are maintained regularly
- Cheaper options are not always cost effective and can be more receptive to damage
- Consult industry experts prior to selecting appliances
- Check your properties frequently to assess housekeeping
- Create a ‘house rules’ list outlining how to correctly use and maintain fixtures & fittings
2. Noise pollution
Expecting complete tranquillity whilst living in shared accommodation can be a a tall order. Students said that noisy housemates are extremely annoying and can often lead to arguments between tenants. Making sure that you have covered all bases when preparing your properties can make a huge difference when it comes to noise pollution.
- Ensure that your property is well insulated and maintained
- Check seals on windows and amend if necessary
- Replace aged doors with soundproof options
- Inform tenants of noise restrictions within the area
3. Housemates not paying bills
Tenants not paying bills = A landlords nightmare.
1 in 4 students have argued over bills with their housemates and said that it can cause unwanted tension and stress! Bills inclusive properties can enhance your property portfolio, making them more attractive to those seeking shared accommodation. A whopping 74% of students said that having bills included in their rent is very important when searching for a property.
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4. Waste disposal
48% of university students said that not changing the bins when they’re full is the most annoying thing when living in shared accommodation. Overflowing rubbish is not only unhygienic but can also attract unwanted pests to your property, which can be difficult to remove once they have too settled in!
- Clearly communicate waste collection days with your tenants
- Provide adequate recycling and disposal facilities
- Place signs within property communal areas
Share the knowledge
Most student tenants will experience living independently for the first time when moving into shared accommodation and will learn the ropes throughout their journey. Sharing your expertise can help a great deal, especially for those who don’t know where to begin!
Relationship building is a key factor when aiming to gain buy in from your tenants. We advise to try a more personable approach and communicating with your tenants to create rapport and trust!