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Moving in

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In order to protect your deposit when you move in, you should photograph all the rooms in the house, especially any damage, and create an inventory of all the contents of the house. Ask your landlord to sign a copy of this to ensure that you don't end up paying for any damage caused by previous tenants.

You may need to buy various bits and pieces of furniture and kitchen equipment, depending on how much is provided by your landlord. Ikea and big supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda all do cheap household ranges.

When you move in you will need to either set up a joint bank account with your housemates to pay bills etc. Alternatively you will have to decide which housemate(s) will be in charge of making sure bills are paid on time and money is collected from all housemates. You will also need to arrange a TV license for your flat.

A couple more things, you should check that smoke alarms are fitted and work. You should also make sure that your house is secure in terms of locks on doors and windows. If you would like an extra lock fitted on a door you will need to ask your landlord to arrange this.

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