Escape Campus show prospective tenants round all our houses so to book a viewing use the email or text links on the properties details to contact us, or give us a call.
We never put pressure on people to sign contracts. The right time to sign is when you are sure you’ve made your mind up as a group; because of this we don’t offer a first come first serve system as we feel it promotes rush decisions. Just let us know when you have decided and we will arrange to take you through our process to the point where we sign a contract with you.
We will make every effort to block book viewings, to give everyone who is interested the chance to see the property, and then keep each group informed of how the process is going.
To secure a property once you have viewed it everyone in your group will need to:
- Provide us with a full name, phone number and email address
- Decide if you can provide a UK based guarantor, who guarantees the individual tenants rent. If providing a guarantor then give us their name and email address and the name and email address of someone who can witness their signature
- If providing a guarantor go through our online guarantor process, which will mean running a credit check on your guarantor, as well as providing further details about yourself and the guarantor providing proof of their name address, and address history if needs be, and date of birth.
- If not providing a guarantor a different payment schedule will need to be arranged, typically paying rent up front or in two installments, rather than three, and an agreement to do that signed with the contract
- Once the above process is complete transfer your deposit to us to be protected
- Meet one of the team to sign a contract
From the time of us choosing you to take the property you are interested in you will get 7 days to complete the above process. Once we have the guarantor details (if applicable), deposit from everyone and we have all signed the contract you will have secured the property.
Our guarantor processes can all be completed on a smart phone, or other computer, and is really straight forward, with no reliance on the postal system, 7 days if more than enough time, so there’s no need to panic, just make sure you communicate with us when prompted (we’ll use a whatsapp group to do this, so it will be really easy) and with your guarantor; it’s going to be your house or flat after all so nobody will be more motivated than you to make sure everything happens quickly.
The contracts you will sign with us are Assured Shorthold Tenancies which detail you are ‘jointly and severally liable’ for all the rent. This type of contract will protect the interests of all parties and are the most commonly used by landlords and letting agents, but there are a few features of the contract you need to be aware of before you get to the stage of thinking about signing it:
- It is a joint contract with your whole group. This means that you are liable for the whole of the rent, so you’re not just signing for your part of the rent, you’re signing for all of it so, if someone drops out of the contract, you could be asked to pay their part of the rent.
- We ask for a guarantor but they will only be guaranteeing your portion of the rent, which is the money you would actually pay if you lived there for the year, however if there is any damage that exceeds the value of the deposit they may be liable for it.
What if you drop out of your contract?
WE UNDERSTAND THINGS HAPPEN AND CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE.
WE MAKE A COMMITMENT NOT TO REACT WITH ANGER OR TO BE UNREASONABLE.
WE CAN’T HELP YOU IF WE DON’T KNOW THERE IS AN ISSUE.
AS WITH EVERYTHING, COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY.
IF YOU LET US KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE THEN WORK HARD WITH US IT WILL MINIMISE THE CHANCE OF THERE BEING ANY LONG LASTING PROBLEMS.
- You are contracted to the rent from when you go through the process of signing the contract, not from when you move in.
- If you want to drop out of your contract it will be your responsibility to find a suitable replacement and that person has to go through the above process. A suitable replacement is:
- Someone acceptable to the rest of the group, Escape Campus and the landlord
- A person of similar circumstances, examples of which would be; undergraduate, post-graduate, full time student, similar age, same gender (if that is important to the other tenants)
- The new tenant must take over the whole remnants of the contract and agree to pay the same rent.
We will help you through this process but advertising, conducting viewing, organising deposits, guarantors and contacts is time consuming and has overhead expenses, so £100 will be deducted from your deposit to cover these costs.
If you are finding things difficult or your circumstances have changed, please contact us right away as there’s nothing we can’t sort out by working with you.