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In an endeavour to prepare Year 13 students for independent living, and more specifically leaving home and renting a property, Mrs Ainscow, Head of Sixth Form at St John's Catholic Comprehensive School in Gravesend, invited Caxtons to present to their Sixth Form pupils.

Caxtons' Lettings Manager, Amelia Singer, and property manager Scott McKenzie were more than happy to rise to the challenge so on 30th March they spoke to students, presenting them with all the information they would need when they rent their own property.

Bearing in mind that many of the students would soon be off to university and possibly renting a student property within the next few years, Amelia and Scott decided to provide not only the facts about becoming a tenant, but also to give them many hints about finding the right property, and tips on what to include when budgeting for their first 'home from home'.

They covered a broad spectrum of issues such as providing references, the fees involved, guarantors, having a credit history and credit checks. They gave

examples of a typical deposit, providing ID and immigration checks, they discussed rents, assured shorthold tenancies, tenancy agreements, the implications of signing an inventory, and what to do if something goes wrong.

They gave the students an insight into what to look for in a property, the length of tenancy offered, renewing a tenancy and their legal obligations.. And they also highlighted some of the pitfalls that tenants can face such as un-registered letting agents, the liabilities of signing a joint tenancy agreement, looking for defects when they view properties and being good neighbours and caring tenants!

Amelia and Scott hope to return next year to help the new Year 13 students to find their ideal student property when the time comes.

For further information on residential or student lettings and property management, email Amelia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Scott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01634 576000.

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