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NOTES AND FORM FOR STAFF SEEKING ACCOMMODATION
The Human Resources Division can provide information to assist you in finding suitable and affordable accommodation in and around Central London. We can give information to help get you started in your search and we will assist in finding accommodation for you. We have property lists that contain the details of a variety of rooms, studios, flats and houses and can provide you with the contact details of property owners, whose accommodation might meet with your requirements.
As I am sure you are aware, London is an expensive city to live in and affordable accommodation can be hard to find. You need to be realistic with your budget. Property near the UCL campus costs more as it is located in the heart of central London but with good travel connections available you can live further out and still access UCL and nearby areas easily.
If you are staying for a short period of time, the UCL Staff Accommodation Service can provide you with information on short term accommodation options as well as letting agencies who can offer a wide range of property types in all parts of London. Remember that the internet also provides a vast amount of information on accommodation for both short and long term lets.
Please ensure that you do not part with any money for a deposit without an agreement in writing. Ensure you get a receipt when you do hand over a deposit or other money relating to your tenancy. There are strict regulations in relation to deposits and these must be held in a tenancy deposit scheme if the property is being let on an assured short hold tenancy. Information on the Tenancy Deposit Protection Act and other tenancy information can be found on the web should you wish to know more.
Property owners can give you a lot more information and may possibly be able to provide you with images. Please do respect the accommodation you are moving into as it is important that both the property owner and you as the tenant, form a happy and mutually beneficial relationship. Please note that some landlords are open to negotiation so if you see a property that appeals but is a bit too costly, contact the landlord as they may come down in price to meet your budget. Please also keep the property owner informed. If you decide you no longer want to pursue a property then please let the property owner know.
There are strict health and safety rules and other legislation in the United Kingdom concerning accommodation and tenancy and all property owners need to act in compliance with these.
Please note that every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, but as the properties are not visited by the UCL Accommodation Service, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the property information given. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. The UCL HR Division will not be able to intervene once you have made an agreement with a property owner. Should you need assistance or advice you do have options open to you
- Citizen's Advice Bureau ( or CAB as it is also known) can refer you to solicitors and offer general advice.
- Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).As a UCL staff member you will be entitled to this service. More information can be found at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/occ_health/services/emp_assistance_program.php
- Know your rights – The web can offer you a great deal of information about your rights as a tenant.