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AdamBennett.co.uk supplies a vast range of high quality student housing and accommodation in York, from ten bedroom city centre properties to one bedroom studio flats close to campus all with a variety of different tastes and budgets in mind.

It is likely that this will be your first time renting a property away from home and we know that the process can appear to be quite daunting if you do not know what to expect. With this in mind we have prepared some general advice and a step-by-step guide to make it easy to rent a student property in York from AdamBennett.co.uk. For further guidance please download and read the How to Rent guide .

First and foremost, it is essential that you work out who you intend to be living with during the next academic year. It may be that you choose to live with people from your first year accommodation, friends from your course or a combination of both. This is important as it will impact the number of bedrooms that you will require.

You can narrow down your choices using our ‘Property Search’ options:

  • Location/University – the website will display the houses closest to your location/University of choice first and the distance to the University will be visible (this information is based on Google Maps data)
  • Minimum and maximum number of bedrooms
  • Availability - most of our tenancies start between July and mid-September and run for 12 months

Something else you’ll want to consider is price range. Have an honest and open conversation with your future housemates about what rent each of you can afford and are willing to pay, this may be a sensitive topic for some but it’s best to be honest before your group start seriously considering renting specific houses. Bear in mind that some properties have bills free or included with the rent, have a look at our ‘How to tell whether bills are included’ section for more information about this.

Each advert should have a video tour, photographs and a floorplan. If you’re registered on our site you can also ‘download a sample agreement’ via the adverts.

The sample agreement is a copy of the specific tenancy agreement and guarantor form for the house you’re looking at. When looking at a sample tenancy agreement pay particular attention to:

  • The tenancy start and end date – this information can be found on the front page
  • Who manages the property, Adam Bennett Lettings or the landlord – this information can be found on the front page
  • How often rent is due, it is usually due quarterly (every 3 months) and the first instalment will be due on or before the tenancy start date – this information can be found on the front page
  • Custom clauses – see clause 3. ‘The Tenant agrees with the Landlord ‘– and then scroll to clause ‘27’ of this section to see custom clauses

If bills are included/free with the rent you’ll see icons in the bottom left corner of the photographs for a house, if there are no icons then bills are not included/free with the rent and you’ll need to organise these. Please note, some houses don’t have any gas appliances.

Gas

Electric

Water

Broadband

TV Licence

For the safety and wellbeing of current tenants and staff we are not offering physical viewings for the foreseeable future. We have however created video tours which were filmed between summer 2020 and autumn 2021, most video tours will be date stamped.

To secure a property please call a member of our dedicated sales team who can create a tenancy agreement while on the phone to you, phone numbers are listed below but please read all of the following information before calling.

Before a tenancy agreement can be created each member of your group will need to register on the Adam Bennett website. Everyone needs to have registered with their full name as it appears on their legal documents (birth certificate/passport) and their permanent home address (not their University term time address). The tenancy agreement will be sent out via email to electronically sign so it’s crucial that contact details are entered correctly.

We recommend that you have a few back up options just in case you don’t manage to secure your first choice of house. If possible, please ‘add to favourites’ at least three houses you’d be happy to sign a tenancy agreement for before calling.

Once the tenancy agreement is created we’ll email the full group with information about what to do next. At this point you’ll be given a deadline to electronically sign the tenancy agreement – this is usually 48 hours. If the tenancy agreement is not signed within the deadline we will re-advertise the property.

The member of the group phoning to secure the property will be asked for each tenant’s full name and the email address they registered with – if any of the information is incorrect, we won’t be able to proceed with creating the tenancy agreement.

If one or more of your group are not comfortable signing for a house please do not pressure them to make a decision, you’ll be signing legally binding documents and once you’ve signed them you will be held to the terms of the agreement. Give people as much time as they need to make an informed decision. All members of your group should discuss signing for a house with your guarantors before calling our sales team. If you’re unsure what a guarantor is, please see our ‘What is a Guarantor’ section.

Sales team phone numbers are below if a line is engaged please try another number:

(07756) 116 112
(07562) 340 258
(07562) 340 675

You don’t need to pay anything upfront, but you will be required to pay a deposit within two weeks of signing a tenancy agreement, deposits are usually £450 per tenant.

A guarantor is somebody who will sign to pay your rent in the event that you default on a payment. Usually this will be a parent or guardian, and they will usually need to own their own property. We recognise that students will come from a diverse range of backgrounds and family situations, so if you feel unsure or need any further advise as to who can be your guarantor please ask a member of staff before you sign the tenancy agreement. You will be expected to arrange for both your guarantor and yourself to sign the guarantor form within two weeks of signing the tenancy agreement. Your guarantor will also need to provide a copy of a document containing proof of signature; this could be a driving licence or passport. They will also need to supply a copy of a document containing proof of address, such as a utility bill. All of this will need to be submitted within two weeks of signing for a property.

From 1 June 2019, the only payments that landlords or letting agents can charge to tenants for new contracts are:

  • Rent
  • A refundable tenancy deposit capped at no more than 5 weeks' rent where the total annual rent is less than £50,000, or 6 weeks' rent where the total annual rent is £50,000 or above
  • A a refundable holding deposit (to reserve a property) capped at no more than 1 week's rent
  • Payments associated with early termination of the tenancy, when requested by the tenant
  • Payments in respect of utilities, communication services, TV licence and Council Tax
  • A default fee for late payment of rent and replacement of a lost key/security device giving access to the housing, where required under a tenancy agreement

A number of our properties are suitable for people with disabilities requiring easier wheelchair access and ground floor facilities such as bathrooms and bedrooms situated on the ground floor. Many landlords are willing to consider reasonable adaptations to their properties to make them friendlier for disabled people, please contact us for further details on which of our properties may be suitable for your requirements.

As a student tenant of an AdamBennett.co.uk property, you will be expected to follow and adhere to the points outlined here