Many private landlords will be getting students to sign tenancy agreements in the coming weeks, as the new university term gets underway.

With this in mind, financial services firm Saga is warning students and their parents to be security conscious when choosing a place to live.

Some of the guidance may be noteworthy to landlords, as it could offer ideas on how they can make their properties safer and potentially more marketable to a student tenant.

Saga says that people should ask themselves a number of questions before moving into a private rented house or student halls such as is there lighting outside, does it have a burglar alarm and is there a safety chain on the door?

If the answer is yes to these, then the property is likely to be safer from predatory thieves, it adds.

Earlier this week, Halifax revealed that students are paying more for accommodation than they were last year.

Written by Claire Doyle

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