Students heading back to university and new rented properties this month have been given some advice and reminders relating to their tenancy agreements.

The contracts private landlords make tenants sign mean that everybody in the house is responsible for paying the bills and a spokesperson for the Tenancy Deposit Scheme has issued a warning about this part of renting.

Malcolm Harrison said: "[Students] need to be certain of the people they are sharing with and be certain that they are not going to find themselves suddenly in the lurch."

He added that there is likely to be a "lead student"in any rental property and it will be him or her who ensures everyone pays their share of the utilities and phone bills.

Likewise, private landlords are often urged to vet their potential tenants before getting them to sign tenancy agreements. Away from student letting, they are also advised to run referencing and tenant credit checks prior to the start of contract.

Written by Mark Garner

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