If you decide to share you
with some one else be assertive with potential
sharers and when meeting owners, their agents or representatives. Say clearly
what you want. Visit the area you intend to live in before you sign an
agreement and think how safe you would feel there. (specially after dark). When meeting owners or visiting an area after dark make
sure that you are accompanied by a friend.
Look at the property very carefully and pay special
attention to the security of the property as a whole. Tell the owner about any unsafe issues of the property
and remember that it is also important to the owner to ensure that the property
is secure. When viewing a property try to visit when the current
tenants are at home, they will tell you if they have experienced any
difficulties and whether they fell the area is safe.
share a property with friends (or not)
If you decide to share a property it is very important
to be clear before you sign a contract about your own needs and requirements and
those of your fellow sharers. You should each try drawing up a list of
priorities and compare lists, e.g. ..... bedroom size, close to
university, bills, etc
How safe would you feel about sharing with each
individual member of your group and if there are any men in your group ask to be
given first choice of the upper floor rooms.
Try to meet and chat with all the members of the group
if you are the last member to join the group, do not sign without meeting all
Make sure you are accompanied. Never arrange to meet someone you do not know very well at a property by
yourself. Ask the owner about arrangements and those of any
agents (e.g. maintenance) for visiting and entering the property . This should
be stated in the agreement.
Find out from landlord if anyone else has keys to the
||Check the property for the following:-
||There are good locks on all external doors, Best
locks have a British Standard 'kite mark'. please note for insurance
purposes you may need to have at least five lever locks.
||The doors are of solid construction and would
prevent easy access by an intruder.
||The are window locks on ground floor and accessible
upper floor windows.
||Security chains are fitted. (make sure they can be
easily opened from the inside in an emergency)
||There is a phone or one can be installed that is not
for incoming calls only
||The curtains are not see- through, especially at
night when there is a light on in the room.
||The Bath room windows do not contain clear glass.
(they should be frosted glass)
All gas appliances
in the property have been checked
recently by a CORGI registered person. Their should be a certificate to
Make sure the property is fitted with smoke alarms
and fitted with a new battery.
Avoid basement type or ground floor accommodations especially
in older properties. If the house contains other flats or bed sits try to
find out who else lives in the house. Does anyone else has keys or access to the
house and if so, when and why might they enter it?
In winter it gets dark early, so how safe do you think
you will feel in your home when it is dark outside? check to see if their is enough
and adequate lighting on communal stairs and landings.
If not fitted ask the landlord to see if he/she can fit
you a security alarm system. if you are not sure about the area be very careful
about signing any property that has not fitted a security alarm.
Always consider the location of the property very
signing any agreement. Visit the area beforehand, after dark if possible, make
sure you are accompanied, and check the following:-
||How far is it to the nearest bus-stop, shops etc and
what is the route to each place like?
||Is the property set back from the road?
||How much street lighting is there nearby?
||Is there an outside security light, if yes,
does it work?
||Is the property surrounded by bushes/shrubs
i.e. a place where someone could hide?
||Check back garden to see that their is no ladder or
some thing else that some one could use to clime in.
||Is there a dark alleyway up to the door way and/or
is the main entrance via the rear of the house. if so , ask yourself how
safe is it and would you feel comfortable during dark night.
If possible talk to the current tenants and ask them
(particularly female tenants) what the area is like and how they feel about