The Government has limited the types of fees landlords and letting agents can charge tenants to:
- A refundable tenancy deposit capped at a maximum value of 5 weeks rent. Read more about tenancy deposits.
- A refundable holding deposit, capped at a maximum value of 1 weeks rent, to reserve
the property. Note: This isn't the same as a holding deposit and is not
subject the same protection.
- Early termination fees (if applicable)
- Payments for outstanding utilities or services (if applicable)
- Default fee for late payments, lost keys etc. where required under the
If your bills aren't included in your rent you'll need to consider:
- Electricity and Gas
- TV License
Households where everyone is a full time student do not have to pay Council Tax – see government
on discounts for full-time students for more.
Contents insurance will help you keep your belongings protected against risks such as fire, flood or theft. If
you're in halls your provider may offer contents insurance as part of your agreement but if not you'll
to take out your own policy to protect your belongings.
There may be other costs you need to consider as part of moving in:
- Do you need to buy furniture or furnishings? It's likely your room will be furnished but you may need
additional storage, or bedding, cushions, pillows.
- Do you need to buy kitchen utensils? You will probably need to bring your own cutlery, crockery, pots and
- Do you need help with Transport/Removals? If you're moving furniture or have a lot of belongings you
need to hire a van or a removal service.
If moving into a property with housemates you should co-ordinate so you don't all turn up with plates and
has brought knives and forks!