Make sure you understand about charges for damage, including to communal areas, and how you appeal.
We appreciate that fixtures and fittings can wear out during normal use. If, however, you cause damage deliberately or through carelessness, you will be charged the full cost of repair. If damage is caused in the communal areas, and we don't know who's responsible, we'll charge all residents who have joint responsibility for the area. If we decide to make a charge we'll send you a Notice of Intent to Charge which explains what the charge is for and how much it is.
Charges can be much more expensive than you might expect. Damage to a carpet, for example, involves the whole carpet being replaced, costing hundreds of pounds. Whilst University-approved contractors are expensive because of the flexibility, responsiveness and high standards we demand from them. For further guidance on your inventory and a sample list of charges see here.
Fill in your inventory form correctly at the start of the year and treat your accommodation with respect, so we can return your full deposit to you at the end of the year.
Appealing against a charge
You can appeal against a charge, or tell us about any mitigating circumstances, by writing to:
Head of Accommodation Services
Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building
University of Leeds
Alternatively you can email Accommodation Services.
Appeals must be submitted by the date shown on the Notice of Intent to Charge. If we don't receive a letter by this date we assume that you accept responsibility for the charge and add the amount to your residence account.