A Parent's Guide to our Student Accommodation

Over 20 years of property rental experience exclusively in Exeter

It can be a little nerve-wracking when your children leave home to live in rented accommodation for the first time. After 20 years’ experience with rental properties, landlords and tenants, we at Leamans know that the service is just as important as the property. Below is some helpful information that should put your mind at ease.

Out of Hours Emergency Helpline

Leamans offers an out-of-hours emergency call-out service for all managed properties.

Our Properties

Landlords instruct Leamans to manage student properties on their behalf. Our portfolio consists of properties ranging from 3 to 10 bedrooms to suit all requirements. All such properties now come under ‘House in Multiple Occupation’ legislation. This means that Leamans will visit all managed properties on a regular basis.


All of our student properties are furnished and have a separate communal area with sofas. Each bedroom is equipped with a bed, wardrobe, bedside table, desk and chair as minimum. The kitchens are equipped with a fridge/freezer, washing machine and cooker. Please note that we do not supply small electrical items such as microwaves, kettles or toasters, or cutlery and crockery.

Tenancy Agreements

The Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement is issued to each group of tenants to sign and all are joint and severally liable.

Application Process

An application fee (per tenant) is payable upon agreeing a let. This payment forms part of the  application process.   For more information on all the steps from finding the property to moving in, please click this link..  The property will be reserved during the application process. The property will be reserved during the application process. Please note that the application fee is non-refundable and does not form part of the damage deposit. For more information on applicant fees, please click here.

Rent Instalments

The rent is paid in three equal instalments during the term of the tenancy. The first payment is due when the tenants move in, the second in January and the third and final payment in April. The rent does not include utilities such as electricity or water. Under current regulations, a house occupied exclusively by full-time students is exempt from Council Tax.

Damage Deposit

A damage deposit of £395 per student is required and will be collected when the tenancy agreement is signed. It will be held under the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) and will be returned under the terms of the TDS once the final ‘check out’ inspection has taken place.


Keys are available for each student on the tenancy agreement as soon as the tenancy begins. Each student must collect them from Leamans during office hours. At the end of the tenancy, the keys must be returned to the Leamans office.

House Information Folder & Inventory

We compile a house information folder full of important and useful information that your child will need throughout their tenancy. We recommend that each student read this carefully. An inventory for the property will be issued upon commencement of the tenancy. It is the tenants’ responsibility to check this document thoroughly and return to Leamans with any annotations.


The landlord is responsible for insuring the building and the landlord’s contents. Tenants are responsible for insuring their own belongings. We recommend that tenants also take accidental cover for the landlord’s contents.

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly and professional team.