More students than ever are renting and we've learnt a few things over the years. A lot of students leave home or university accommodation to move into their first student property without really knowing much about renting. We've got so many suggestions for making your move-in a little easier, but we've put together the most important ones here:


It may be the last thing on your mind when you're tired after carrying boxes all day but this is absolutely vital. This is your opportunity to make your comments or disagree with anything your landlord or letting agent has said about the condition of the property when you moved in. That may not seem important now but when you leave, the inventory will be used to assess any damages and the level of cleanliness in the property, which will ultimately affect your deposit.

2. Make sure you know what to do in an emergency

When you first get into your new home, check where the fusebox is in the property. This could be very important if you find yourself without power as it could be as simple as flipping a switch. Check where the stopcock is so that you can shut off the water if you have a leak. These are short-term fixes to do some damage control until your landlord or letting agent can resolve the problem.

3. Google is your friend!

When you're not sure how to use your new kettle or how your washing machine works, look for the make and model number on the side. Do a quick search online and you'll find the instruction manual. This saves you going through trial and error and risking damaging any of the appliances, and will probably save you time.

4. Talk to your flatmates

This may sound like an obvious one but you'd be surprised how many times flatmates don't pass on the information they have. If you have a maintenance issue, check to find out if your flatmates have already reported it to your letting agent. If you all report the same issue, things can get confusing very quickly. If you've been told by your letting agent that there's going to be a property inspection or a contractor coming round, check that all of your flatmates know.

5. Ventilate

You'd be surprised just how many problems arise if you don't ventilate your property properly. Mould and condensation are frequent complaints which are most commonly dealt with by the tenants cleaning and ventilating the areas properly. If you have an internal bathroom or kitchen, put on the extractor fan and wipe down surfaces carefully after use. Keep an eye on condensation, especially around your windows.

Based in Edinburgh, Umega Lettings is leading the way in terms of what a great letting agent is, raising standards throughout our services and our properties so that others follow and standards in the industry improve. We're really proud of our service and we love what we do. We are ARLA, Safe Agent and CLA accredited, and we're one of Scotland's only B corp accredited companies, demonstrating that we are here to truly make a difference.