Parents’ Guide to University
Parents guide to university, student accommodation advice
Walton Robinson's parents' guide to university provides advice
and information on the process of renting a student property.
It is a big step when your son or daughter decides to rent a
property for the first time. You can trust Walton Robinson to guide
them through the process and give them all the student
accommodation advice they need to choose the right property for
them. Things to consider include...
Most of our tenants who rent student houses in Newcastle require
a UK guarantor as a guarantee that if they fail to pay the rent,
the guarantor will be able to pay for them.
If you are acting as guarantor on behalf of your son or
daughter, you will be given a guarantor form to fill in and return
with a copy of photographic ID. The guarantor deed must be
witnessed by a person not related to or living with the guarantor
and not party to the tenancy agreement.
The tenants sign a tenancy agreement which states they are both
joint and severally liable for the rent payments and therefore, the
guarantors are also joint and severally liable.
In the event that one tenant does not pay their rent, we go
through several steps to recover the arrears before we would
Once a tenant has signed up for one of Walton Robinson's student
houses in Newcastle, the tenants are sent a draft copy of the
tenancy agreement to read through before they come into the office
to sign. This sets out the terms of the tenancy, including deposit
and rent amounts due.
If you are paying the rent on behalf of your son or daughter,
they will be given a standing order mandate form for you to
complete. Either take this directly to your bank or use the
provided details to set up the payments online.
It is important that you add a reference to your payment through
your bank - this should be the property address and your son or
daughter's surname. We get hundreds of standing order payments
and the reference means we can easily allocate the payment to the
Most of our landlords require a deposit before the tenants move
in to cover any damage that could potentially occur. The deposit
amount is the equivalent of one month's rent.
When a tenant initially signs up for a property with Walton
Robinson, they will pay £100 as a holding deposit to secure the
property. The remainder of the deposit will be due in the second
appointment when they come to sign the tenancy agreement.
Once the tenants have moved out of the property, we will conduct
a thorough checkout inspection to assess the condition of the
property and how much of the deposit will be returned to the
As members of the Association Of Residential Letting Agents
(ARLA) & The Property Ombudsman (TPO) we are a professional
agency and transparent about our fees. We are also members of the
National Federation of Property Professionals (NFOPP) Client Money
Our standard administration fee is the equivalent of 50% of one
calendar month's rent plus vat. This is due irrespective of whether
some or all the work listed below is completed.
The variety of works included in the administration fee
includes, but is not limited to;
• Organising and conducting accompanied
viewings with transport from our office.
• Agreeing terms of the let including rent,
start/end dates and references/guarantees needed.
• Drawing up of the tenancy agreement and
answering any relevant queries.
• Conducting all
reference and guarantor checks where needed.
• Providing a landlord-signed tenancy
agreement and copy notice if applicable.
• Provision of details, where supplied,
regarding; council tax, water rates, electricity, gas, TV licensing
• Answering of all queries.
We hope that our parents' guide to university has proved
useful. If you have any further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or
call the office on 0191 243 1000.