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This competition is now closed winners are: 

First Prize:



Second Prize:



Third Prize

It’s that time of year again, Sunday 15th of March is Mother’s Day. We know you want to spoil your mum, let us take away the strain this year and do it for you.

We want to spoil three special mums:

1st prize: Choose between: Champagne and chocolate gift set or a big bunch of handtied fairtrade flowers, all delivered to her door with a personal message from you.

2nd prize: A special bunch of flowers with a box of chocolates, all delivered to her door with a personal message from you.

3rd prize: A gorgeous bunch of flowers, all delivered to her door with a personal message from you.

How?

It’s easy! Follow us on @sweetspothomes or like our facebook page and tell us why your mum deserves to win, make sure you use #SweetMums

We will announce the winners Wednesday 11th of March.

Who can enter?

Anyone who is a student can enter. We’ll retweet you and feature our favourites on this page.

Here are some of our favs from last year:

From Twitter:

From Facebook:

Alicia Wroblewski

Despite working 3 busy jobs and always being on her feet, my mum somehow finds the time and energy to make sure everybody around her is happy. She has really helped me the past year as I have struggled on and off with my mental health- she always makes me feel special even on my worst days. I want her to be reminded that she is very special too

Molly Jehan

Fog stopped me getting home last week for Mum’s 50th; want her to know that if I’m not there, I am always thinking of her!

Katie Stark

My mum is the best. My boyfriend has lost his adopted mum (auntie) he had no where to live as the house was council. No money or income he was left with nothing. My mum is the best because she has a huge heart and took him in even with 3 kids of her own and only a sofa on the livingroom she also paid for him and still is my mum just lost her dad and she is being super strong I want her to know how much I love her and how proud I am to have a mum as wonderful as her xxxx

 

Whether you’re a student or not, getting your deposit back is a daunting, annoying and often stressful experience. Over 2011-12 less than 70% of deposits were returned in full across the UK and just over 13% got nothing back. The average amount taken off was a whole month’s rent – a staggering fee in some cases.

When you’re a student, these statistics get worse for a couple of reasons: landlords can view you as naive or unaware of the laws which are set out to protect you or because you have no expectation of getting your money back so why bother trying.

The facts about your deposit:

It is illegal for a landlord or agency to hold your money without registering it into a tenancy protection scheme regardless of who they are. This means that your money is held by an external and regulated body who are compelled by law to protect it: your landlord can’t spend it or touch it during your tenancy.

You are entitled to receive your deposit within ten working days of your ‘check out inspection’. This inspection works in accordance to your ‘check-in’ inventory which should occur at an agreed time when you move in. Make sure you get a copy of this for your records: if there is no ‘check-in’ inventory then the landlord cannot legally take anything from your deposit.

Most common reasons to lose your deposit:

1. Inadequate Cleaning: no one expects you or your flatmates to be professional cleaners, but you must make the effort to do a ‘deep clean’. Commonly missed areas include ovens, grills, fridges, washing machine filters and gardens. Pop some music on and spend a day getting down and dirty – it’s worth it. Cleaning bills can cost anything up to £1000 depending on the state of your property. You’d be surprised how much it costs to get someone in just to do the basics, the usual bill for a property that has just ‘missed’ a couple of things is a minimum of £200.

2. People leave on different days: This is something we’ve heard a lot from our tenants. It’s an unavoidable issue when you share a home with people on different courses with different end dates. Often, people will leave one by one until you’re the last person in the house faced with a massive pile of cleaning to do – nobody wants to do that after exams finish. The best thing to do in this situation is get a calendar together and mark when people leave – pick a day when you are all there together before the first person leaves and give the whole place (including your bedrooms) a deep clean (it’s better to have your leaving parties before this date obviously). That way, even if you are the last person standing it should only require a much quicker and easier once over before you go.

3. Wear & Tear: What does that mean? At SweetSpot we’ve rarely had to take money off for this, however it’s the area where a lot of landlords are flexible with the truth but luckily, thanks to regulating bodies, it’s getting harder to bend facts. If you’ve been sharing a house with five other people for a year or so it’s likely that there will be superficial wear on the property; a mark or two here and there from furniture and other things. This is fair. You are allowed to live in your home and enjoy it – no one wants to walk on eggshells 24/7, after all you’re paying for it. If your landlord tries to take money from you for this and you feel it’s unfair stand up for your rights and contest it. Going to your Student Union is a good place to start – they can tell you what to do.

4. Missing Items: Some items can cost a lot to replace, the odd throw / picture frame might be £10 but this soon adds up if everyone in your house takes something you could be looking at another £200 or so coming off your deposit. Leave it where it is. At SweetSpot we take care to make your homes special with antiques and one-off objects which can be pricey, we’re more than happy to tell you where we got them from though so you can get your own.

We help our tenants as much as we can: we share charge-sheets on inspections and our students are free to speak to the Sweeteners (people who live locally to our properties and help out when there’s any problem) about what they can do to make sure the property is ready for inspections. We even share the cost of the independent inventory checks with our tenants so they don’t pay the full bill.  We only charge what we spend – we never round-up.

We want everyone to get their full deposits back – let’s work together so we can change the statistics and show the world that students can clean…

 

Why?

Who wants to give money to PR companies? Not us. We figure that the people who could benefit most from £200 cash are you guys. Whether you’re already completely perfect and live in a SweetSpot home or out there in the world of far inferior houses not made by us, we invite you to take part.

About SweetSpot:

SweetSpot started with a simple thought: students deserve better places to live. The idea was to create houses for friends to learn how to make a home together, because long corridors and anonymous doors don’t make for good communities.

What do I do?

It’s a simple process:

1. Refer a friend
2. They visit a house and decide they want it
3. When they put their holding deposit down get them to refer your name

It’s as easy as that – once your friend takes a home with us, they will pass on your details and we’ll send you £200 to do with as you please, you can even split it with them if you fancy.

Promote our homes on twitter, facebook and to your friends.

Maths:

Not our favourite subject but here goes: if you promote, yell about and spread the word enough to rent out, say 5 of our properties, you’ll get £1000 in your pocket!

Questions:

Ping us on twitter or facebook or email ana@sweetspot.com

This competition is now closed. We chose our top ten listed below and a special mention to Katie Stark who was our first winner and gets an extra special bunch of flowers for her mum. 

Competition Winners: 

From Twitter:

From Facebook:

Alicia Wroblewski

Despite working 3 busy jobs and always being on her feet, my mum somehow finds the time and energy to make sure everybody around her is happy. She has really helped me the past year as I have struggled on and off with my mental health- she always makes me feel special even on my worst days. I want her to be reminded that she is very special too

Molly Jehan

Fog stopped me getting home last week for Mum’s 50th; want her to know that if I’m not there, I am always thinking of her!

Katie Stark

My mum is the best. My boyfriend has lost his adopted mum (auntie) he had no where to live as the house was council. No money or income he was left with nothing. My mum is the best because she has a huge heart and took him in even with 3 kids of her own and only a sofa on the livingroom she also paid for him and still is my mum just lost her dad and she is being super strong I want her to know how much I love her and how proud I am to have a mum as wonderful as her xxxx

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It’s that time of year again, Sunday 30th of March it’s Mother’s Day. We know you want to spoil your mum by sending a card or something cute, this year let us take away the strain and send your mum a ridiculously amazing bunch of flowers and a few tasty chocolates as well.

How? 

It’s easy! Just send a tweet to @sweetspothomes or post on our Facebook wall why your mum is great and we’ll announce the winner on the 23rd of March (so you’ve still got time to organise an alternative if you don’t win).

Who can enter? 

Anyone who is a student can enter! We’ll retweet you and feature our favourites on this page.