Any town or city with a university will have several letting agencies offering student accommodation such as http://readingstudentaccommodation.com to those who will be living away from home to complete their studies. But how do you know which agencies are the best in the area, and which are perhaps not quite upto the required standard? Well when it comes to student properties the law and Unipol set out some pretty strict guidelines that all landlords and letting agencies have to adhere to in order to let properties to students. You should only ever rent from a reputable agency that follows these guidelines rigidly. Most regulations are related to health and safety and insist that a property is up to a certain standard before it can be let. This covers the general condition of the property as well as the facilities that are provided within the student accommodation.
A quick google search will reveal a list of local agencies that provide student accommodation that meets the required standards. But this is not the only thing you need to look for when you need the services of a letting agency. How they treat you as a customer and also how they treat their landlords is also really important. You need to feel able to approach them when you have problem within the property and feel confident they will know what to do and sort it out. They will all claim to offer great service but you never really know until a problem arrises.
Of course the best way to find an agency that not only provides good quality accommodation but also offers great service is to talk to students currently renting in the area. You need an agency that communicate well, handles queries quickly and efficiently and is upfront about the costs associated with renting from them.