Clean shared room with wooden bunk bedsBrowsing through various ads for student houses to rent in London is a rite of passage for many young people. Since you will be away from your home for months, you need to look for comfortable accommodation. Whether you’re after a pre-drinks venue or a place to study, here are the red flags you should watch out for.

Avoid Poorly Managed Property

Students today have more requirements than the previous generations, especially when it comes to technology. They expect the space to not only be clean but also has high-speed, reliable internet connection. This means that landlords can’t just open rundown properties, throw in a bunch of second-hand furniture, and wait for the rent income to come in.

According to a new study, many students have endured poorly insulated accommodations, with some respondents reported encounters of mice and slug infestation. Talk to current tenants if possible and don’t hesitate to ask critical details about the property.

Make Sure It’s Legal

Under the Housing Act 2004, the rooms of a shared student house must be a minimum of 6.51 square metres. Local authorities also set amenity standards, such as the number of sinks, toilets, and worktops. They also have rules on the size of appliances and furniture.

Squeezing in with your housemates may sound fun, but the law is there for an important reason, and that is to protect the tenants. Some landlords take advantage of the shared space to add bedrooms and maximise their profit. Be aware of this trick because the constricted space can negatively affect your school life and well-being.

Have a discerning eye for red flags before signing up and moving into a new student flat. Ask the right questions and choose a legal and properly managed place where you can relax and study in comfort.