Flat security tips
The Ilam and Riccarton area can be targeted by thieves because they know student flats
often have people coming and going all day long, so it is easy for them to sneak in and
1. Lock up
First and foremost, this is the easiest way to help deter burglars. Doors, locks,
windows, garages, sheds, everything.
2. Meet your neighbours
This can be scary, especially if they drive a rusty tow truck and own three pit bull
terriers, but just meeting them helps them to identify weirdos if you or your flatmates
3. Look at insurance
It’s one of those things you regret not having if something does go wrong. Contents
insurance may be cheaper than you might think.
4. Report it
It may be obvious but many of flat thefts go unreported! Police can’t investigate if they
don’t know about it.
During the time of your tenancy, your landlord/rental agency may conduct regular flat
inspections to ensure the property is kept in a reasonable condition.
Landlords need to give you at least 48h notice of their inspection and no more than 14
days in advance.
You don’t necessarily have to be present during the inspection, however, if you aren’t
and there are things you want your landlord to look at, leave them a note to alert them
to any maintenance issues.
However, if anything happens to the flat and may need to be repaired, it is always best
to let the landlord know at the time, rather than waiting until the next inspection.
You can find more information about maintenance and inspections on the Tenancy Services
If you have a room in your flat that you are trying to fill, it is helpful to host
interviews for the applicants to see if they would be a good fit. Here are some example
questions to ask them in the interview:
- Will you be able to afford rent throughout the length of the term?
- What’s your position on cleaning?
- What about washing up?
- How do you think food shopping and cooking should be organised?
- How long do you tend to spend in the bathroom in the morning?
- What are your thoughts around paying bills collectively?
- Are you planning to have friends around regularly?
- What about partners? Will they be staying over?
- What can you contribute to the flat? (E.g., a washing machine)
- Describe yourself in three words.