Rent your perfect student house along with 2 FREE VIP weekend 2017 Parklife tickets!

May 22nd, 2017

 

We understand the struggle of finding the right student accommodation; Is it close enough to university? Is it affordable for the student life? Is it party proof? Does it have enough bathrooms? Is it close enough to the Manchester night clubs?  Would my parents be happy with it?

These are the questions we ask ourselves when looking for the perfect property for students to ensure we are meeting your specific needs. With a student on board our team to provide us with the right insight into what you Manchester students are looking for, this differentiates ourselves to other agencies offering student properties. We know what you want, we therefore offer nothing less, but more. So..Still not found your perfect student property for 2017-2018 academic year?

Railton-Meeks are offering a beautiful three story Georgian house, located in the heart of Fallow field with a 2mile radius from The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, a 10 minute bus ride into Deansgate locks, or Manchester’s Drum’n’Bass heaven Factory! The property offers 7 large bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms each, extremely spacious living room expanding onto a sleek modernised kitchen.

The property is undergoing a full refurbishment, in which fully insulated walls will be developed specifically designed to meet the student budget!

Just to make the start of your move to a new home even more exciting, we are offering 2 FREE  VIP Parklife weekender tickets for 2 people!

HOW?  Refer Railton-Meeks with a group of students seeking accommodation for academic year of 2017-2018.

 

 

 

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To Buy or rent – A Guide for Graduates

April 21st, 2017

To Buy or Rent – A Guide for Graduates

So far in the way of living arrangements, you have experienced the works. From the family home you grew up in, to living with a bunch of strangers in halls or off of campus, and now you are about to come face to face with a whole new chapter of living. Not as a student, but as a fully-fledged graduate.

You may have already started to consider your options and how to go about making your first steps, but it always pays off to receive some extra guidance when it comes to making the next big decision in your life. Everybody’s situations are different too. So in this guide, we hope to provide a thorough breakdown for those considering solely buying, renting and for those stuck in the middle.

Sensible saving

As you approach the end of your academia, it is important to consider your spending and budgeting. Most students are blessed with a weighty student loan. If you are one of the lucky ones, allocate a small part of your time to sitting sown and budgeting your remaining loan to enable yourself to put aside some of it for when you finish. This is important to do, buying or renting, as you will require a deposit for wherever you decide to move to and being strapped at the beginning of your move isn’t a position you want to be in.  However, if your student loan wasn’t substantial, you can still be thrifty with your spending. it wouldn’t be unfair to sit out on a few student nights out so you can save up what you would have spent that night and also, make sure you budget your food shop by shopping at cheaper supermarkets to save extra pennies. The whole point of saving now is to make your money go as far as possible and to spend what you really need to live off. By getting into the habit of careful budgeting and regular saving now you will give yourself the best chance of staying on track and building up sizable savings for when you come to make your decision.

As well, getting a job, either on or off campus will help you to gain some extra money together and help boost your credit rating which will give you a head-start when it comes to applying for a mortgage, as you will need payslip evidence of a regular income to qualify for mortgage financing if you believe buying is a more suitable option for you.

The House Hunt

Buying a house is a massive commitment but an amazing opportunity to get started on the property ladder sooner rather than later if you are in the position to do so. If you are seriously considering this option make sure to do your research. It is all too easy to fall in love with properties at first glance, but don’t rush into anything without seriously weighing up some other choices. Assess the market and the area you’re interested in. If you don’t have a car, are there shops and supermarkets nearby? Are you near to a train or bus station? These are aspects which need weighing up so the property matches your lifestyle. If you’re looking to rent instead, the same applies in the way of suitability to your wants and requirements. If you use the gym, is there one within walking distance? Is the neighbourhood what you want? Additionally, with renting you will need to make sure that the property is within your budget, so you can afford to pay additional bills which you may incur such as gas and electricity, water and TV licence.

Being a graduate, you won’t have the years of experience that your parents have in buying and selling property, so you need to research the local property prices to spot any market fluctuations and to get the best possible deal when making an offer on a property. Remember, if an advert seems too good to be true, make sure to do some homework. Identify where any hidden costs may catch you out down the line. If you decide to buy, you may need to deal with damp or structural repairs. If this is the case, you can make a low offer that takes into account the costs of putting things right. Alternatively, if a careful and objective appraisal of a property reveals significant issues, it might be best to walk away on that occasion, to continue searching elsewhere.

Bountiful Borrowing As a studious graduate, you are probably aware of how difficult it is to save money for property which continues to rise at an ever growing rate. But, where there is a will, there is a way. The government offer a variety of schemes to help you on the pathway to affording your very own home. It will pay off to work out the best loans, ISAs and deals available to you so that you know exactly the ins and outs of what you are being offered and how it will work in the long-run. One of the most popular and successful options is the government’s Help to Buy ISA. What this entails is that if you put money into this ISA once a month at a maximum of £200, the Government will boost your savings by 25%. So, for every £200 you save, you will also receive a government bonus of £50. The maximum government bonus you can receive is £3,000 if you have savings of £12,000 or more.

Additionally, you could look into the Help to Buy loan, which provides a loan of up to 20% of the purchase price of a new-build home. This loan is also interest-free for five years. Many parents are also on hand to chip in with their children’s first home, but only consider this option if you are sure that your parents can do this without putting themselves into any financial difficulty.

Do make sure to research all of the peripheral costs of buying a property, such as stamp duty and valuation fees, as well as understanding how the process of buying a property works.

If you decide to rent for a while, give yourself this time to build up a deposit to buy in the future. Both options need careful planning and organisation so find out what deposit you’ll need, what your monthly repayments will be, and what the other costs of owning a property are likely to be. Additionally, make sure you are clued up about renting your chosen property and the area you are looking at, so you don’t end up living somewhere you’re unhappy with.

So, to conclude, whether you end up buying or renting, make sure that your moving checklist is planned down to a ‘T’, so that your move from Uni to adulthood goes as smoothly possible.

By Holly Berry.

 

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7 Ways to being a tidy student!

November 22nd, 2016

7 Ways to Being a Tidy Student

Heralded as ‘The best years I ever had’, starting university is both daunting and exciting at the same time. An opportunity that enables you to fly the nest into a new environment filled with other nervous fledglings, just like yourself to embrace the life of student living.  As you embark on starting the next stage of your life, naturally, you will have become accustomed to your belongings and the items you have accumulated over the years. But, you may need to think twice about how you are going to now store said items. So, in this ‘space’ I have included the top seven space saving tips to help you make the most of your experience at university without being dubbed  ‘a stereotypical student’.

Laundry Basket

Invest in a laundry basket so that your dirty clothes are stored away rather than strewn across your bedroom floor. Make sure that the basket is tall rather than wide to minimize valuable floor space. A tall woven white wash design will be easy on the eye and will brighten up your room.
Stationery Holder

T0 optimize your space, a standard pencil case may not cut it, but a stationery holder will organize your academic belongings into one neat and tidy display on your desk, which will be easily accessible when carrying out your studies.
Wall Space

In most cases, using blu-tack or pins on the walls of student rooms will be sure to get you in trouble with the accommodation office. The alternative in this case is to buy some 3M Command before setting off for University. This way, you will be able to put pictures on the walls, without taking up space on the window sill or your desk. Home inspired items such as fairly lights, bunting and sports memorabilia will have a place on your walls rather than taking up valuable surface space.

Door Space

Effective storage means making the most out of every inch of available space, even the back of your door. A door rack can house shoes, books, hair appliances and any other items that you would otherwise stash away in a drawer or on the floor of your wardrobe or underneath your desk or bed.

Hanger Connectors

Hanger connectors are a great way to create space in your wardrobe whilst still keeping a uniform and tidy look. Only use them if your wardrobe is tall enough to avoid your clothes dragging on the bottom of the wardrobe floor. If you do have a short wardrobe, use hanger connectors with clips, to clip up your longer items.

Bed Organisers

Bed organisers are a brilliant alternative to bedside tables, which would most likely take up too much space in your bedroom anyway. This little organiser can hold glasses, headphones, and other items like books, iPods and toiletries, right by the bed so they’re easy to reach.

John Lewis has clip-on options that will do the trick perfectly.

Storage Boxes

Piling your stuff in different areas of your bedroom, wherever you can find some space, will just look messy and will slowly drag your mood down, making academic work more of a struggle to carry out. Stacking the pile neatly into sensible storage boxes is the solution to this problem. Don’t be tempted to skimp on storage boxes – choose your sizes wisely and then take an hour or two to sort through all your possessions. By getting a system going your belongings will be stowed away in no time, leaving your room de-cluttered and organised.

Remember, your living space at university is precious, and you need to make sure that there is enough space for all of your academic work as well as making it a space to feel like a home from home environment. Make sure to take advantage of every inch of it. Be creative, yet innovative and make sure that your space is free from clutter in a personalized style.
 

 

 

 

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Do you meet all your tenants demands?

April 22nd, 2013

One of the most frequent problems Landlords face is overly demanding tenants making requests for redecoration, double glazing or replacement of appliances.

Landlords have a legal obligation to maintain their rental property, the 1985 Landlord and Tenant Act sets out the landlords responsibilities under section 11.

Within this Act landlords must: “Keep in repair the structure and exterior of the dwelling-house (including drains, gutters and external pipes), keep in repair and proper working order the installations in the dwelling-house for the supply of water, gas and electricity and for sanitation (including basins, sinks, baths and sanitary conveniences, but not other fixtures, fittings and appliances for making use of the supply of water, gas or electricity). Keep in repair and proper working order the installations in the dwelling-house for space heating and heating water.”

Generally as you can see from the section 11 quote above the landlords responsibilities are to maintain the property not to improve it. Redecorating or granting other requests from tenants are completely at the discretion of the landlord. If the property is in good repair legally the landlord has met their obligations.

Normally broken appliances will be replaced by the tenant unless the damage is considered fair wear and tear. If the request is for the replacement of an appliance that could have broken due to normal usage or age, such as a dishwasher or  washing machine it is advisable for the landlord to replace it.

If the request is for an upgrade, such as a new bathroom the landlord has no obligation or responsibility to agree. That said, it is always beneficial to try to maintain a good relationship with your tenants, so for every request you receive consider it carefully before responding. If the request is reasonable and will improve your property for the next tenancy you may wish to go ahead. If the change has been requested by the tenant and is significant, such as double glazing, reasonable tenants should expect their rental to increase slightly. Remember your tenant accepted the property as they viewed it, demands for upgrades are at your discretion.

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Calling all professional prospective tenants

November 19th, 2010

Railton-Meeks are pleased to announce that they will be shortly putting on the market 8 flats on Parsonage Road in Withington to Let. They will be fully refurbished early 2011. They will consist of one, two & three bed properties; from £600.00 p.c.m If you are interested please subscribe to the news letter and we will ensure you are the first to view.

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