These tenancy booking terms and conditions set out the terms and conditions which apply to your booking with iQ Student Accommodation. If you do not understand these terms and conditions or the Licence Agreement you are encouraged to seek appropriate advice before accepting them.
Required Payments at Time of Booking: Booking Fee
Payment of the Booking Fee constitutes your acceptance that the Booking Fee is retained to secure your room in accordance with these terms and conditions. You agree by us as a holding deposit that the deadline to conclude the Licence Agreement following receipt of the Booking Fee shall be 15 days thereafter, or any other period agreed to by us (the “Deadline”). As agreed by entering into the Licence Agreement, the Booking Fee will be treated as a payment towards your first licence fee payment and credited to your licence fee account.
By you paying the Booking Fee, you give us express consent to use the details provided by you to undertake searches against sanction lists maintained by the governments of (a) the United Kingdom; (b)the United States and (c) other countries as we choose including those maintained by the United Kingdom Treasury and the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control. This will not affect your rights and/or our obligations to you under the Data Protection Act 2018.
You have the right to ask us not to undertake such searches but in doing so we will not be able to progress your application.
Debit / Credit Card Surcharge Fees
There will be no surcharge for payments made using a Debit Card/Credit Card.
By you paying to us a Booking Fee, we agree to hold a selected room for you on the basis that you will enter into a Licence Agreement by the Deadline.
Your Residential Licence Agreement
You will receive a copy of a Residential Licence Agreement to be entered into by you, your guarantor and iQ Student Accommodation (the “Residential Licence Agreement”), including your tenancy letter and these terms & conditions for review and acceptance via the Resident Portal. The Licence Agreement sets out the full terms under which you agree to licence a room of iQ Student Accommodation. You will have the opportunity to read the Licence Agreement before you are required to confirm your acceptance of it. Your licence letter includes a full schedule of your licence fee instalments and payment due dates.
You may cancel your booking or Licence Agreement with us subject to the cancellation policy detailed below.
Period before you enter into the Licence Agreement - Failure to complete your application and enter into the Residential Licence Agreement by the Deadline
iQ Student Accommodation reserves the right to not return the Booking Fee and cancel your booking on notice if:
(i) you notify us before the Deadline that you have decided not to enter into the Residential Licence Agreement;
(ii) we take all reasonable steps to enter into the Residential Licence Agreement before the Deadline and you fail to do so, for example, if you fail to complete your application or provide guarantor details and supporting documentation in good time;
(iii) you provide us with relevant false or misleading information; and/or
(iv) we are prohibited from entering to the Residential Licence Agreement because of the Immigration Act 2014 (persons disqualified by immigration status). From the date of cancellation, you will not be liable for the contractual obligations laid out in the Residential Licence Agreement, irrespective of whether you have signed it.
Period from and including when you have entered into the Residential Licence Agreement
Cancellation by us
Failure to collect your key within timeframe
If you enter into the Residential Licence Agreement, and you then fail to collect your key within 5 weeks of the Tenancy Start Date, iQ Student Accommodation reserves the right to: (a) cancel your booking and terminate the Residential Licence Agreement and (b) re-let your room. In these circumstances any licence fee paid by you (including the Booking Fee allocated to the first licence fee payment) will not be refunded to cover any losses incurred by us for empty unlet rooms. This provision takes precedence over any provisions in the Residential Licence Agreement.
Provision of false or misleading information, persons disqualified by immigration status or failure to complete your application, provide guarantor details or supporting documentation in good time
We may also terminate your Residential Licence Agreement for any of the reasons set out above, as set out in more detail in clause 2.1 of the Residential Licence Agreement itself.
Cancellation by you
If you have entered into the Residential Licence Agreement and you wish to cancel your booking, regardless of whether you have collected your keys, you will remain liable for the contractual obligations set out in the Residential Licence Agreement and you may not cancel the booking unless you can provide proof that you fit any of the following criteria:
•You notify us of your intention to cancel your booking 28 days prior to the Licence Start Date (as defined in your Residential Licence Agreement).
• Your UK Visa application has been denied.
• You have failed to obtain the required qualifications to get into your first University of choice.
• Extenuating circumstances e.g. ill-health, family circumstances.
Where proof is provided in accordance with these terms and conditions and to our reasonable satisfaction, you will be entitled to cancel the booking and you will not be liable for the contractual obligations laid out in the Residential Licence Agreement from the date of cancellation.
Evidence required where there is a cancellation by you
Notify us of your intention to cancel 28 days prior to the Licence Start Date
No further evidence is required beyond notifying us, but your Booking Fee will be retained as a cancellation fee.
Failure to get in to your first university of choice
Should you fail to gain the required qualifications and are not accepted into the University you stated as your first choice, you may cancel your Residential Licence Agreement and we will refund your Booking Fee and any licence fee payments made so long as you provide the following information within the timescales mentioned below:
• Written confirmation from you that you wish to cancel your reservation due to having failed to obtain the required grades for your first choice University; and
• Supporting evidence from the University or UCAS.
This information must be provided to us within 72 hours of your exam results being published to be eligible for a Booking Fee refund. In these circumstances, your Booking Fee and licence fee payments will be returned in full within four weeks. If you fail to provide the information within 72 hours of your exam results being published, your Booking Fee will be retained as a cancellation fee.
Please note, if you are attending another University in a city where iQ Student Accommodation has a property, our team will be happy to support you in finding suitable accommodation. In this case, your Booking Fee and any licence payments made may be transferred over to your new booking.
Failure to obtain a UK Visa
If you fail to obtain a UK Visa before the start date of your tenancy, we will cancel your Residential Licence Agreement and refund any licence fee payments made so long as you provide the following information:
• Written confirmation from you that you wish to cancel your reservation; and
• Supporting official evidence to show that the Visa was declined.
This supporting evidence should be supplied to iQ Student Accommodation within 72 hours of you receiving official confirmation. In these circumstances, any licence fee paid will be returned to you within 4 weeks but an amount equal to the Booking Fee will be retained as a cancellation fee.
If you are no longer able to attend University and/or live away from home due to extenuating circumstances, such as ill health or family issues, please contact us in order to discuss the matter.
Cancellation by you – no special circumstances
Where the reason for cancellation is not one of the three matters listed above, you will remain liable for the full contractual licence fee, unless and until a replacement tenant is found for your accommodation. You are responsible for finding an eligible replacement tenant, although site staff will assist where possible.
If you wish to cancel the booking and a replacement tenant is found, subject to our agreement, you will be released from the contractual obligations set out in the Residential Licence Agreement and any overpaid licence fees will be refunded to you, less an amount equal to your Booking Fee as a cancellation fee. Please note that all tenancies commence on a Saturday; therefore the relevant site team will confirm your official release date from your contractual obligations under the Residential Licence Agreement.
If you cancel the booking, but you enter into a new Residential Licence Agreement with iQ Student Accommodation in respect of a different room within the same academic year, you will be required to pay to us an administration fee of £50.
Any decision made to release you from the terms of the Residential Licence Agreement outside of these criteria is made by iQ Student Accommodation, at its sole discretion, on an individual case by case basis.
Room and tenancy changes
If you want to downgrade your room, you can do so up until 31st July (subject to room availability). On or after this date, you won’t be able to downgrade your room type.
If you want to upgrade your room, or move to a different room which is the same type as your original choice, you can do so free of charge up until the Tenancy Start Date (subject to room availability).
Room moves after the start of the Residential Licence Agreement will be managed based on availability. An administration fee of £50 will be charged for the variation to the Residential Licence Agreement.
Change to my tenancy length
If you wish to change your tenancy length to one of the other options available at your chosen site, you are able to do so without restriction and without charge up until 31st July (subject to room availability).
After this date you will be unable to shorten your tenancy length, but can you may choose to extend it without charge up until the Tenancy Start Date (subject to room availability). An administration fee of £50 will be payable should you wish to vary your Residential Licence Agreement to one with a longer tenancy length (subject to room availability).
These terms and conditions (including any claims or disputes relating thereto) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. The Parties irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts over any claim, dispute or other matter arising under or in connection with this Agreement.