Dealing with a difficult landlord
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Student life is unpredictable. Who knows whether you’ll be able to make it to every lecture? Who knows whether you’ll make it to the end of the semester without destroying your student digs from one too many parties? Even if you’re as straight living and party shunning as they come, the fact is that many student houses are furnished with old furniture and some of it may well get broken throughout the year. It could even be an actual accident rather than too much larking around. But what do you do if you do break something? What’s the best way to get round your landlord and convince him or her to replace your broken goods with something you very much like the look of? First things first - always be sure to make friends with your letting agents. Chances are your accommodation will be through an agent and you will deal with them regarding repairs. You may be lucky enough to be able to deal directly with your landlord, which can make things much smoother, but often you will be forced to deal with the estate agents. They can be extremely tricksy so it’s wise to fully introduce yourselves at the beginning of your tenancy and be extremely specific when signing the itinerary.
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