Finding safe accommodation off-campus

PAL logoPartnership Accreditation for Landlords (PAL) Scheme

This scheme has been created in partnership between the University of Hertfordshire and Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. It is a voluntary scheme which recognises Landlords and Letting Agents who provide safe and well-maintained private accommodation.

The University only recommends PAL accredited properties to students, as these Landlords and Letting Agents are adhering to a specific Code of Practice and we want to ensure Students find good quality homes within the Borough.

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University of Hertfordshire Guarantor Service provided by Housing Hand

Herts is proud to partner with Housing Hand and the Partnership Accreditation for Landlords (PAL) for the “University of Hertfordshire Guarantor Service". Aiming to help UK, EU and International students, this service helps to provide students with a qualifying UK Guarantor when renting in the private sector and purpose built student accommodation (PBSA).

What does it cover?

Housing Hand covers the full amount of rent as well as any damages, disrepair, neglect and professional eviction costs, if any, incurred during the tenancy. They can stand as a guarantor for a minimum of 6 months to a maximum of 12 months. Students must renew with the Housing Hand service once their guarantee has expired after the 12 month tenancy.

How much does it cost?

As a student from Herts, the fee is 5.5% of the annual rent on a monthly subscription or 5% of the annual rent with a full upfront payment, subject to a minimum fee of £295.00.

What will I need?

You'll need to provide the following details for your application:

  • Proof of Study - Letters or emails from the University dated within the last year, your UCAS form or Student ID.
  • Proof of ID - This can be your passport, drivers license or a national ID document.
  • Co-Signer Details - This is someone we can get in touch with if we can't contact you. They can't be an existing Housing Hand Customer.