This is the time of the year that all students are moving into their student accommodation. Naturally, everyone tends to personalize their room to make it cozy and welcoming for the whole academic year. Unfortunately, many students lose a part (or even all!) deposit due to a few common mistakes. 

Here we uncover 7 most common reasons for what could diminish your deposit and tips on how to keep your student accommodation in a deposit-safe state.

Disclaimer: This article contains images that might not be very pleasant. All the photos are taken by our property inspectors and are used to show common mistakes of the previous tenants.

TOP 7 Mistakes That Cost Your Deposit - 2021 Update

1. Blu tac and other wall fixings

The poster fairs on campus are always intriguing with the designs that they have to offer. Posters might seem like a cheap way of putting your stamp on the room. However, later it can turn out as the most expensive piece of decor you had. Shortly, Blu Tac or White Tac are the BIGGEST enemies of your deposit. It leaves oily stains on the walls as time goes by, and sometimes it can even rip the paint off the wall whilst removing the blu tac. Therefore, the marks left from even a couple of posters can cost you repainting the whole room.

The same applies to other wall fixings such as double-sided tape, washi tape or various hooks. Most of the products claim that they do not leave marks on the walls; however, after hundreds of check-out inspections, we can suggest that most wall fixings still leave marks. Therefore, we recommend staying away from these products if you want to keep your deposit safe!

TOP 7 Mistakes That Cost Your Deposit - 2021 Update

2.Protect your deposit with a mattress protector

Another pricey problem is spilt drinks on the mattress. Any stain on the mattress equals it getting deep-cleaned or even replaced (if it is a memory foam mattress) at the end of your tenancy. Therefore, a waterproof mattress protector is essential if you want to keep your deposit safe. This especially applies to fans of Netflix, chill and snacks in bed !

TOP 7 Mistakes That Cost Your Deposit - 2021 Update

3.Don't watch it burn

Sounds obvious, but you should not leave any hot stuff on your carpet and other surfaces unattended. Iron, hair straighteners and curlers are the most common reasons for burnt rugs. To avoid this happening, we suggest getting a heat-resistant mat. 

Another source of burns is cigarettes. To avoid that, you should not be smoking inside, as stated in the tenant's contract. 


TOP 7 Mistakes That Cost Your Deposit - 2021 Update

4. Keep it tidy and empty

One of the biggest reasons students lose their deposit is the place's general tidiness after the move-out. Things like the cleanliness of the carpets, surfaces, furniture, bathroom and kitchen appliances all make a difference in how much deposit will be returned to you. So, do not forget to hoover up dust the skirting, wash up the dishes and empty the washing machine before you leave the house! 

Also, make sure that the room is as empty as you found it once you have moved in. Any items in the drawers, wardrobe or under the bed need removing before the next tenant moves in. The same applies to the communal areas, such as the kitchen and living room. Empty all the cupboards and clean the oven (many houses require an oven clean after the tenancy, the cost of which is taken from the deposit). 

And, if you have some stuff that you think is in good condition and someone would enjoy it, instead of leaving it in the property, take it to a local charity shop. This will both save your money and help someone else!


TOP 7 Mistakes That Cost Your Deposit - 2021 Update

5. Candles and wax

All of the student accommodation does not allow candles to be burned in the rooms as it is a hazard to your housemates and you. However, burns and wax stains to the furniture and the carpet are often reasons for diminished deposit. Wax is tricky to take off the surfaces, not to mention the effect of burns... We strongly recommend that you do not use candles in the house. In the past, they have caused burns and deposit deductions.

6. Keep an eye on the shower

Another common problem after the tenants have moved out is the grouting and sealing state in the bathrooms. If not cleaned for a whole year, the tiles' grout will get discoloured and will need re-doing for the next tenants. An occasional clean of the shower or a bath will help prevent the grout, mould, and clogged drains' wear and tear. 

TOP 7 Mistakes That Cost Your Deposit - 2021 Update

7. Avoid Condensation

One of the biggest problems in all houses in England is condensation and dampness. The number 1 thing that prevents humidity is ventilation. This is especially important in the bathrooms - you should open the window and close the door after a shower/bath. Moist air particles in the steamy bathroom can lead to mould development.

On the same note, make sure you ventilate and keep the room warm if you are drying your clothes in it - this will help dry your clothes quicker, and the room will not get humid (and stinky!).