The Private Housing Service is getting its own mailbox
On Thursday 4 December 2014, we are launching a new mailbox to make sure that your private housing queries reach the right person more quickly. It will be the main inbox for all queries regarding private housing provision and advice.
So to get in touch about anything related to private landlords or advice on how to find a flat in London email us at: email@example.com
All queries regarding LSE Halls should still be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Letting agent redress scheme changes October 2014
From 1 October 2014, all letting agents must be registered with one of the three government-approved redress schemes.
The schemes ensure that all tenants and leaseholders have a straightforward option to hold their agents to account. Anyone who feels they get a poor deal from their letting agent will now be able to take their complaint to the redress scheme and could receive compensation.
They are run by The Property Ombudsman, Ombudsman Services Property and the Property Redress Scheme. UK housing charity Shelter provides more information on the letting agent redress schemes.
Finding a place to live in privately rented accommodation
Most LSE students live in privately rented housing and commute to the School every day. In order to find somewhere to live, you should come to London before the beginning of the academic session. We would advise you to allow a minimum of two weeks to search for accommodation (students with children should allow longer). We've put a guide together to get you started: Finding private housing
LSE Studentpad is our online private housing database. Registration is free, and you can search for suitable properties and contact landlords directly: LSE Studentpad
Moving to halls after renting privately
Are you living in privately rented accommodation, and think that hall accommodation would be more suitable for you? Contact us for via the contact box on the left, or check our list of : Current vacant rooms in LSE halls of residence.
Staying in halls while flat hunting - late summer temporary accommodation
From mid August until the end of September, a number of places in halls is offered on a short-term basis. Staying in halls while searching for a place to rent is how a lot of students find their housing each year. It's also an opportunity to meet other students with whom you can start a flat share. For more details please see: Temporary accommodation booking