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What’s it really like to be a student in Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle has a well-deserved reputation as a great place to live, work and visit.   Its range of attractions, its growing reputation as a centre of excellence for science and technology, and its popularity as a great place for entertainment have proven to be a magnet for visitors and those seeking a career in the area. The city has also seen a huge growth in student numbers as both of its universities celebrate continued success and further growth.   Whilst the majority of first year students are accommodated in purpose-built halls of residence, increasing numbers have meant that many of them have to seek private rented accommodation. Although most of them will have a good experience when doing this, we still hear of many cases where students have had their fingers well and truly burned by unscrupulous landlords and sadly, in some cases, letting agents.   Don’t let that put you off though – we would always recommend that when seeking accommodation you do so through a reputable agent. This will give you much better protection than going directly through an unregulated landlord. Always ensure that the agent is registered with a regulatory body such as the Property Redress Scheme (PRS). At Clarke Holland we work with a wide range of landlords, ensuring that the properties they let are of sound quality and good value. We also ensure that costs are minimised and that deposits are protected. Many of the properties we let are also available without any agency fees – a real bonus!   If you are living in private accommodation now, which you organised through a letting agent, then here is something to watch out for. If you haven’t been contacted by them already, then you can probably expect to do so very soon. Having already taken fees from you, they will most likely ask you if you want to extend your stay beyond the end of your current tenancy, telling you that if you don’t confirm very soon you will be unlikely to secure a property for September. They will then take ANOTHER fee from you to arrange this. This type of scaremongering is not uncommon, and is a practice which we condemn – students have enough to worry about, without worrying whether they will have a roof over their heads.
Students looking for September accommodation?
  At Clarke Holland we provide an ethical service to vendors and buyers, landlords and tenants. Unlike many agents we know how stressful it can be when choosing your new home.   Since starting with Clarke Holland it has become increasingly apparent how badly some other Estate Agents treat students in particular. Many of them will be unfamiliar with the City in which they will be studying, and they will be at the mercy of letting agents who will take advantage of this. As students want to ensure that they have their accommodation secured for September, then this is when the feeding frenzy starts. Many of them will tell students that if they haven’t secured accommodation by June then they will have lost out, persuading them to pay high administration fees well in advance. What makes it worse however, is that part way through their tenancy they will demand another payment for them to remain in their property in September.   At Clarke Holland we do things a little differently, and this is why we are getting an increasing number of referrals and recommendations from satisfied tenants. We work with one of the UK’s larger and more reputable housing providers to provide value-for-money accommodation for students and professionals in Newcastle City Centre and the surrounding areas. Better still, we charge no administration fees for letting their properties. As a reputable and ethical landlord they are also keen to see that their tenants enjoy their time as tenants. For this reason they are in no hurry to either tie them into long contracts or move them on. No additional fees will be payable if they wish to extend their tenancy.   So why not start the autumn term in quality accommodation, with a reputable landlord, arranged by an ethical Estate Agent? Give us a call to find out how we can help.
Merry Christmas from Clarke Holland Estate & Letting Agents
  Well it’s just over a week to go until the big day. Sitting in my office in Dean Street, just above Newcastle’s popular quayside, I watch the thousands of people dressed in their finery, heading down to the myriad of bars and restaurants which will be doing a huge amount of business providing food, drink, music and entertainment to those lucky enough to be able to afford it. Whilst I wish them all well (the party-goers and the poor restaurant and bar staff), and while I am looking forward to celebrations of my own over the coming weeks, I won’t forget to give a thought to those for whom Christmas is not such a time of joy. The poor, the homeless, the lonely and many others may not enjoy the festive season as much as we can. So give a thought, maybe a donation, or even just your time to help someone this Christmas. Even a random act of kindness or a smile can make a real difference. Merry Christmas to all!

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