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To ask why landlords won't let to students

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DreamsOfDownUnder Fri 07-Jun-19 14:15:04

I'm off back in to education at the ripe old age of 26 and looking at moving to a house once my tenancy is up so my little girl will have a garden to play in (in a first floor flat at the moment).. can ask why landlords won't let to students?

Or is just the stereotypical student? I'm single parent of 1 working part time and will continue to do so whilst at college and then university.

ZoomingCockerel Fri 07-Jun-19 14:16:11

Because students usually trash the crap out of a house.

Hortz Fri 07-Jun-19 14:17:24

All the students I know rent from landlords. My two DC have both rented in university cities.

DreamsOfDownUnder Fri 07-Jun-19 14:20:40

@ZoomingCockerel that's why I said is it based on the stereotypical student.

I'm not, I'm an adult with a small child.. don't have time to have parties and trash houses.

Wandered if it was in their mortgage terms.

DreamsOfDownUnder Fri 07-Jun-19 14:21:39

@Hortz where I live isn't a university city and I don't really want to move from my support network.

Fishywife Fri 07-Jun-19 14:22:21

Lots of landlords who say 'no students' will accept mature students. They will probably want proof of funds or a guarantor though.

araiwa Fri 07-Jun-19 14:23:39

Students are poor

DreamsOfDownUnder Fri 07-Jun-19 14:25:31

@Fishywife That's good to hear, I have a guarantor as I needed one for my current flat - single parents on a low income are hardly desirable tenants without one. Just wish my current landlord had houses in my area, we're quite happy with each other.

SoHotADragonRetired Fri 07-Jun-19 14:25:36

1) they're noisy
2) they're hell on the property
3) their income is minimal and/or erratic
4) they're unsettled and transient.

They are quite likely to make an exception for a mature student who is a parent but as PP say would want a guarantor for financial reasons. And yes of course it's based on the stereotypical student. It's easier to tell an agent "we don't accept students" than to have to vet every case. The large majority of full-time students are not mature students with children.

Far2go46 Fri 07-Jun-19 14:27:11

Because they're bad for communities

DreamsOfDownUnder Fri 07-Jun-19 14:27:27

@araiwa that's entirely true. That's also what I meant by stereotyping.

My income from SF with my wages and tax credits is around £2800pm (£2000 if you don't include childcare grant)

TeaMeBasil Fri 07-Jun-19 14:28:01

Maybe because a lot of students only stay in the city for term time & go home for summer? Or just do a year at a time & move into another place? They might want long term tenants only...

Nickpan Fri 07-Jun-19 14:28:26

who would you rather rent a place to: a working family who may stay there for 10yrs, or, all the descriptions in the previous posts.

DreamsOfDownUnder Fri 07-Jun-19 14:28:46

@SoHotADragonRetired I have a guarantor so that won't be a problem.

AnchorDownDeepBreath Fri 07-Jun-19 14:30:37

Because you'll almost certainly leave after a year or two, and they ideally want tenants who are staying put for quite a while, so they don't have to keep paying to renew the tenancy.

But also my old landlady wouldn't rent to students because of something to do with council tax. I don't think she could claim "free" months when the flat was unoccupied if the last tenant hadn't paid council tax.

DreamsOfDownUnder Fri 07-Jun-19 14:30:51

@Nickpan my point is not all students are as noisy, poor, reckless and less likely to stick around.

I want to rent a property for 10 years and I am a family - I do also work, only part time as baby is only 9 months!

DreamsOfDownUnder Fri 07-Jun-19 14:32:15

@AnchorDownDeepBreath where do I even suggest I want to move within a year or 2. I want to find somewhere longer term - don't fancy uprooting my child every 5 mins!

C0mfortZ0nez Fri 07-Jun-19 14:33:09

Some landlord insurances won't cover non employed people
Insurance to pay rent, damages etc

DreamsOfDownUnder Fri 07-Jun-19 14:33:36

@Far2go46 how? I hope you're not suggesting this of all students. No one would even know I was a student in my 'community'

DreamsOfDownUnder Fri 07-Jun-19 14:34:27

@C0mfortZ0nez I didn't know this, but I'm not unemployed - I work and will continue to do so.

Bluthbanana Fri 07-Jun-19 14:40:03

I don't know why you're taking this so personally. You clearly don't fit the usual FT Student profile. As a PP said, you may find they're more flexible for someone in your circumstances.

C0mfortZ0nez Fri 07-Jun-19 14:43:24

It's about risk
If a landlord had the choice of
Landlord insurances also accesses risk

1
Single person employed salary disclosed
2
Student grant/income disclosed
Would they want the property during holidays ?
3
Unemployed person

Outoutout Fri 07-Jun-19 14:44:31

£2800pm for working part time!

Why rent, surely with that much money you could afford a mortgage.

Your earning over £40,000pa before tax.

AnchorDownDeepBreath Fri 07-Jun-19 14:45:25

I didn't suggest you would @DreamsOfDownUnder - you asked why landlords don't like to let to students. That's the most common reason; that I've found. Your average student moves more than they'd like.

They may well be happy to overlook your student status; I hope they do smile

Breathlessness Fri 07-Jun-19 14:47:42

Under £34k actually

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