GET IN

Moving into a new place is always exciting but even after you have moved everything in, there is some important things you should remember. This list will help you remember some of the most important activities you should do in the first few weeks.

TAKE PHOTOS

Take photos of the place including all imperfections and items supplied by the landlord. It is good to have this just in case there is a dispute about damage when you move out or during inspections.

CHECK EVERYTHING ON THE INVENTORY

Once you take the keys, you will have a limited amount of time (check with your landlord/letting agent) to be able to make amendments to the inventory list. This is the list of everything that is provided to you so make sure that it is correct and any imperfections/broken equipment is listed.

ARRANGE BILLS AND SUPPLIERS

Make sure you get all your utility bills registered (including gas cards and electric keys). You should take meter readings when you move in so that your bills are starting at the right reading. Even if you are not going to need a TV licence, make sure you declare this on the TV Licencing website. Do not forget council tax either. Even though it is free for places that have exclusively full-time students, you still need to register and give them your council tax exemption letter.

REGISTER TO VOTE

For voter registration online, you just need your National Insurance number and it takes a few minutes to register. It is important to register/update your address as soon as you move so you don’t forget when the deadline comes for the next election or referendum.

CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS

Create a list of all the accounts you have that has your address. Most accounts that have your address is your bank and everything that is billed to your bank account. This can include streaming services, subscription boxes, takeaway services, and online shopping.

CHECK YOUR DEPOSIT RECORDS

Your landlord has to put your deposit into a government backed deposit protection scheme. These are usually done via email so make sure you keep that email safe. Check that your deposit is in one of the schemes listed on the Government Website, and check that the amount is correct to what you paid for the deposit.

REGISTER FOR HEALTHCARE

You can find your local GP on the NHS website. The best way to register is to go in person to the GP to pick up the forms needed. Make sure that you have a government issued photographic ID (i.e passport, driving licence) when you register for your GP. Also, don't forget to register with a local dentist!