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Below you will find some important information relating to the different parts of being a tenant with Bee City Living.
If there’s anything not covered in these sections, or you want some clarification on anything you’ve read, please feel free to contact us!
Emergency repairs are defined as any disrepair that poses a risk to the health and safety of a tenant, or any serious damage to the property/premises or tenant’s belongings. If someone is at risk of getting injured, being threatened or a crime is being committed and is in progress, please phone 999 and let us know afterwards. Likewise, if you require immediate medical attention or there is a danger to life, phone 999 immediately.
In the case of a gas or electricity emergency, please contact National Grid on the following emergency numbers:
- National Grid – gas emergency: 0800 111 999
- National Grid – electricity emergency: 0800 40 40 90
In an emergency that is defined as emergency repairs, please call us on:
- (Between 12:00-18:00 Monday-Friday, or 11:00-15:00 Saturdays) 0161 211 3908
- (Outside of these hours) 07799 066 888
The emergency number will divert through to a staff member’s phone so please allow it to ring, then divert, then ring again.
This does not mean we have staff on-call 24 hours a day – this number is available for you to use in a true emergency where your safety is in danger.
Please also remember that if you are phoning in the middle of the night, the staff member is liable to be asleep.
- Frivolous or non-emergency use of this phone number will incur a fee – if your problem can wait until the following day please send us an email or a maintenance ticket and we will deal with your problem during business hours.
Please try to think about what exactly we might be able to do at the time of day/night you are calling us – if it is the middle of the night or a Sunday/Bank Holiday we are extremely unlikely to be able to call out contractors until normal business hours anyway (e.g. plumbers, electricians, boiler engineers etc).
Bank TransferBank transfers are the ideal option when paying us any money for rent or deposits; they are quick, easy and have no associated fees involved on our end.
- For all bank transfers, please include what flat it is associated with, e.g. ‘Flat 105, Alto Block C’ could have a payment reference of ‘ACF105’ or something along those lines. This just helps us find your payments and link them to your account!
Debit & Credit CardsWe accept debit and credit card payments via Chip and PIN at our office, or over the phone via 0161 211 3908 (we will be required to ask some security questions, such as the address your card is registered to).Please note that because of the recent change in legislation, no card charges can or will be applied to transactions. We can only take holding payments via debit/credit card, with any payments for rent/deposit being made by the above Bank Transfer methods or via cash.
CashWe accept cash payments at our office, although for security reasons we would recommend that you pay via Bank Transfer to avoid having to carry large amounts of cash on your person.
Your keys will be available for you to collect from our office at a pre-defined designated appointment slot, which can be any time on or after the start date of your tenancy, during our office opening hours (12:00-18:00 Monday to Friday, 11:00-15:00 Saturdays).
- If you are unsure of your tenancy start date, please see the front page of your Tenancy Agreement or contact us!
Before coming to collect keys, you must have pre-agreed with us a time and date to pick your keys up. These key collection appointments are very important, especially during busy dates such as July 1st, when we have hundreds of key collections taking place. Turning up early or late may result in delays in getting you access to the property and moved in!
Please try to inform us at least two weeks before the day that you intend to collect your keys and move in, or as soon as you know for sure. This will helps us plan cleaning and maintenance work so that your flat can be ready for you when you move in – if you do not tell us when you intend to move in you may find that your flat is not 100% ready for you!
Prior to handing over keys and granting you access, we require to re-confirm your “Right to Rent”, and thus will need to see your valid documents again. Please note that no keys can be released to any tenant if there are unable to provide these documents, or if any other payments are outstanding (such as the full deposit or 1st-month/quarter’s rent), including any outstanding items from other members of your joint tenancy.
- Keys cannot be released to any third party not named as a tenant on the Tenancy Agreement, and due to the right to rent checks, we can only release one set of keys to each tenant in person.
- Just to triple-mention that failure to provide adequate Right to Rent proof or documentation will mean that we CANNOT release keys to you, and will have to re-arrange your move in.
After everything is sorted, you will then sign your keys out from our office and the number and type of key (or any fobs or electronic remotes) will be noted down. You will also be given a number of documents relating to your tenancy that you need to read and keep safe. Further details of these can be found in the important tenancy documents section below.
With regards to cleaning, we expect our tenants to clean thoroughly before they move out so your property should have been cleaned by the previous tenants, however we will check all of our properties and conduct inventory inspections during which the condition and cleanliness of each property is recorded. If any property falls below our high standards for cleaning, we will arrange for cleaning to be conducted before the new tenants (yourself) move in.
Important Tenancy Documents
As well as our welcome letter which informs you of some key aspects about your new home, you should also receive a few important documents from us at the start of your tenancy either physically when you collect keys or via email. It is important that you keep these documents for your records and so you can refer back to them.
Please ensure that you receive the following documents (if not please let us know):
- A copy of the Tenancy Agreement for your property. The Tenancy Agreement is a joint agreement between you, any of your flatmates and the Landlord. Photocopies of the Tenancy Agreement can be provided for a fee, so please keep your original copy safe!
- A Tenancy Deposit Scheme certificate of protection for each tenant, a Prescribed Information document as well as a leaflet about the deposit scheme. You can also view your secured deposit and information about the TDS on their website.
- You will also have received a copy of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for property for your information. This shows how energy-efficient the property is, and you can find more information about them on Wikipedia.
- A gas safety certificate will also be provided if gas is used at your property.
- Finally, you will be provided with a move in inventory that you will need to complete on the day that you receive your keys and return to us (either in person or via email within 7 days). Please see more information about move-in inventories below.
- Please also see this ‘How to Rent’ guide published by the Government!
Move In Inventory
You will be given a Move In Inventory Report by email (in PDF format) either on the day you collect your keys, or as soon as possible afterwards.
This Report is intended to catalogue:
- the furniture and fixtures and fittings present in the property and owned and provided by the Landlord, and
- the condition of these items at the time you take responsibility for them.
The report is several pages long and contains a lot of detail about the items in the property and their condition. You should read through the report carefully and we would recommend that you walk around the property as you do so, ensuring that you inspect and review for yourself the locations and conditions of everything listed.
If you notice anything that we have missed on our report or you disagree with something we have stated, you should add your notes in the appropriate place on the report. Once you are happy that the report (with or without your comments and amendments) satisfactorily describes the property and its contents, you should sign the ‘Document Signatures’ page and return the whole form to us by either email, hand or post.
The move in inventory is extremely important, as it will be used to check against when you are leaving and we are conducting out move-out inspections. Without amendments, you will be liable for any damages or discrepancies found during the move out checks.
You need to complete the inventory on the day of moving into your property and return it to us within 7 days. If we do not receive the inventory within this period, you will be automatically agreeing to the inventory that was completed prior to your move in date.
- Should you require any items noticed during you move in inspection to be attended to or fixed, please log it on the maintenance system. We will not assume that problems or issues reported require attention, unless you tell us via the aforementioned system!
Supplementary Report Photographs
We would also strongly suggest you take detailed photographs of the property to supplement those contained in the Move In Inventory Report, paying special attention to any existing marks or wear-and-tear so that you have a record of what the property looked like when you moved in. If you email the photos to us at email@example.com (or get them to us via alternative methods) as soon as possible after you move in, then we will also have a dated record of these for use later during the move out inspections.
Again, without evidence such as notes or photographs of damage at the time of you moving in, we will be unable to guarantee that you won’t be liable for the damage at the end of your tenancy.
Should you find any cleaning or items within the property below the standard that you expect when you move in, please inform us immediately, and we will do everything within our power to amend the issues!
Here are some general facts about utilities and bills:
- All properties are subject to Council Tax, however full-time students can apply for exemptions and there are other reductions that you may be eligible for.
- All properties will have a water connection (you can find your supplier using this link).
- All properties will have an electricity connection (either single rate or dual rate Economy 7 meters).
- Some (but not all) properties will have gas connections.
- Additionally, internet connections will need to be set up if you require it and it is not already provided.
- Another bill would be the TV licence, if you require one (please see this page provided by TV Licensing to check if you need one or not).
Below is a rough guide as to what you should do to set up your bills and utilities when you move into your new property
(please note that if you have any bills such as electricity, gas, water or internet included, some of these steps might not apply to you):
- Contact Manchester City Council/Salford City Council to update them of your new address and claim exemptions or reductions where applicable.
We will inform your local council of the names of all tenants and the start dates of your tenancy, so we strongly recommend that you contact them to sort out your council tax details as soon as you move in!
- Contact your water supplier (likely to be United Utilities, but you can confirm this on their page here) and let them know that you’ve moved.
- Contact the current supplier of electricity and gas (where applicable) to inform them that you’re the new tenants, and set up an account with them (you will need to pay them for any use up until you switch to a new provider, if you so choose to!).
If you need to find out who the current supplier is, they should send you a letter or you can find out using the information on this page.
TIP: Set up an online account with all of your suppliers, this will allow you to access your account when you’re away or after you’ve left the property!
TIP: We suggest performing an energy comparison search to find the best rates/deals for your electricity, gas and/or internet – this has the potential to save you a lot of money!
- Set up your internet with your preferred supplier.
- Purchase a TV licence, but only if you require it.
- We strongly recommend that all tenants protect their property and belongings via some sort of contents insurance!
Our landlords are required to have landlord insurance for the property, however this will not cover your belongings!
This section covers an overview of the maintenance system, and the process of logging or updating a maintenance ticket via the maintenance system.
- It’s worth noting that if you think your issue is an emergency, please see the emergencies section first!
Before You Report
Before you report a new maintenance issue, please see our common maintenance problems knowledge base to see if your problem can be resolved quickly and with minimal hassle!
Reporting a New Issue
If the maintenance knowledge base did not solve your maintenance issue, please open up a new ticket via the maintenance system.
To report a new maintenance problem, you will need to log into the system (or create an account first if you haven’t already done so). Once logged into your account, click on the ‘Open a New Ticket’ option at the top of the page, which will take you to the new ticket page.
This will provide you with a form where you can select Issue Categories from a list, put in an Issue Summary (similar to an email subject) and an Issue Description, where you can fully explain the maintenance issue.
- Please make sure to attach any relevant photos or videos of your issue so we can assist you quicker!
- Please also note that you can only have 1 open ticket at a time, so please include all relevant details into a single ticket!
After reading and choosing a relevant ‘Access Notice’ level, clicking on the ‘Create Ticket’ button will notify us of this issue and it should also now appear in your Maintenance log!
Checking on the Status of an Issue
After we have received your ticket, the status will be changed from ‘Open’ to a few different statuses, pertaining to any developments. As our work on the issue develops, we will alter the status of your ticket and add replies to the thread where appropriate! You can also add replies if you have any questions or need to add anything extra to your original message.
Eventually, after the issue has been resolved, the ticket will be marked as something similar to ‘Resolved’ or ‘Closed’.
Cancelling or Reopening an Issue
If you need to cancel a ticket after creating it or need it to be reopened after it has been marked as completed, please send us an email to let us know or open a new ticket if required!
In this section, you can find the rights and responsibilities of all tenants that have tenancies with us! The following information has been compiled from a number of sources, which are referenced where appropriate and can be found at the bottom of the page for further reading!
- Please note that although a lot of points refer to your ‘landlord’, if we are managing the property we will be the ones conducting any remedial works or acting on behalf of the landlord!
- Additionally, as an accredited member of Manchester Student Homes, we adhere to their Code of Standards!
Please note that these rights are generally centred around private renting and tenancies, however you also have more general rights such as the right to not be discriminated against etc.
As a tenant, you have the right to:
- Live in a property that’s safe and in a good state of repair – Please also see the Maintenance section!
- Have your deposit protected via a deposit scheme (we use the TDS Custodial scheme)
- Know who your landlord or their agents are
- Live in the property undisturbed in ‘peaceful enjoyment’ (unless there is an emergency!)
- A copy of the Energy Performance Certificate for the property (provided as part of your welcome pack)
- A copy of the Gas Safety Certificate (where applicable, and also provided as part of your welcome pack)
- Be provided with the Government guide ‘How to rent: The checklist for renting in England’
- Be protected from unfair eviction and unfair rent (under an assured shorthold tenancy (AST), you are required to be served with a Section 21 Notice in the 2 months prior to the end of your tenancy, and any extension or tenancy renewal will have already been discussed and agreed upon beforehand via a new tenancy agreement!)
In addition to the above list, the landlord is also legally obligated to:
- Ensure the property (Please note that this only covers the structure and the landlord’s furniture, NOT the tenant’s possessions!
- Never change the locks on the property without informing you and supplying you with new keys
- Never purposefully cut off any utilities, such as water, gas or electricity
- Never threaten you, either physically or verbally
- Never interfere with your mail
Gas, Electrical and Fire Safety
With regards to gas safety, your landlord must:
- Make sure gas equipment they supply is safely installed and maintained by a Gas Safe registered engineer
- Have a registered engineer do an annual gas safety check on each appliance and flue
- Give you a copy of the gas safety check record before you move in, or within 28 days of the check
For electrical safety, your landlord must:
- Make sure the electrical system in the property is safe, e.g. sockets and light fittings
- Ensure all provided appliances are safe, e.g. cookers and refrigerators
For fire safety, your landlord must:
- Follow all relevant fire safety regulations
- Provide a smoke alarm on each storey and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room with a solid fuel burning appliance (for example a coal fire or wood burning stove)
- Check you have access to escape routes at all times (we require your help with this – please never block or otherwise impede fire safety routes or access points!)
- Make sure the furniture and furnishings supplied are fire safe
Maintenance and Repairs
Your landlord is always responsible for repairs to:
- The property’s structure and exterior
- Basins, sinks, baths and other sanitary fittings including pipes and drains
- Heating and hot water
- Gas appliances, pipes, flues and ventilation
- Electrical wiring
- Any damage caused by their contractors attempting repairs
Please do not attempt to carry out repairs on your own, if you damage anything in an attempt to fix or repair something, you are likely to be liable for the costs associated with repairing or replacing it!
- If any part of your property needs repairs or attention, please head over to the maintenance section to find out more info!
- In general, your landlord is also responsible for the repair and upkeep of any common or communal areas, with some exceptions when the landlord does not have ownership over these areas! (Please also note that this does not include taking out your bins!)
As a tenant, the following responsibilities are required of you:
- Provide valid ‘Right-to-Rent’ documentation for checks, in line with the Government’s imposed checks
- Take good care of the property, e.g. turn off the water at the mains if you’re away in cold weather (please see the Mid-Tenancy guide for further information about this point!)
- Pay the agreed rent, even if repairs are needed or you’re in dispute with your landlord or us
- Repair or pay for any damage caused by you, your family, friends or visitors – Please see our section on Moving Out for further information!
- Pay other charges as agreed with the landlord, e.g. Council Tax, TV licence or utility bills (unless your contract explicitly states you have bills included within the rental amount)
- Not sublet any property or room
- Not block or otherwise impede any escape access routes, in case of emergencies
- Manchester Student Homes is a free, university-run housing service for students. They provide landlord accreditation, property searches and independent housing advice!
- A 24-hour voicemail service for residents or students to report noise disturbances or any other issues relating to students in the community.
- The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) is the Government-authorised scheme that we use to protect all tenancy deposits.
- A place for free and impartial housing help and advice.
- The water/wastewater supplier for the Greater Manchester area!
The University of Manchester
- Switchboard/Main site: 0161 306 6000
- Accommodation Office: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0161 275 2888
- Counselling Service: email@example.com / 0161 275 2864
- International Office: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0161 275 2196
- Student Support: email@example.com / 0161 275 3033/3781
- Student Finance (Part of the Student Services Centre): firstname.lastname@example.org / 0161 275 5000
- Careers Service: email@example.com / 0161 275 2828
- University of Manchester Students’ Union: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0161 275 2930
Manchester Metropolitan University
- Switchboard/Main site: 0161 247 2000
- Accommodation: email@example.com / 0161 247 2958
- counselling, Health & Wellbeing Services: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0161 275 3493
- International Office: email@example.com
- Careers and Employability: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0161 247 3483
- Manchester Metropolitan University Students’ Union: email@example.com / 0161 247 5136
Other Manchester Institutions
- Nightline: Contact via various methods
- University of Salford: Email via their contact form / 0161 295 5000
- Royal Northern College of Music: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0161 907 5200
- The Manchester College: email@example.com / 03333 222 444
- International Society: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0161 275 4959
Manchester City Services
- Manchester City Council: Contact split via various services
- Greater Manchester Police: Contact split via various services
- Making Manchester Safer: Contact split via various services
- Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service: Contact split via verious services
Other Generally Useful Links
- Through Crimestoppers you can report information about crimes anonymously.
- Contact 111 if you require any non-emergency medical advice from the NHS.
- Free phone number for support for any and all reason, talk to someone about anything confidentially, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- If you have any concerns or suspicions about a child’s safety or wellbeing, please contact the free helpline service to speak to an NSPCC counsellor, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.