My son is a student at Exeter University. He and four other OTC cadets have decided to rent a house next year, as there will no place for them in Halls. Yesterday, he rang to say they had found a house, through a letting agent, and plan to take up the lease at the start of next academic year. However, they EACH have to pay: 1) a non-refundable GBP 80.00 registration fee now; 2) a GBP 400.00 damages deposit in April. and the agents will, apparently be phoning me as they require parents to act as guarantors. It seems they signed some form of agreement yesterday, (probably pushed into signing without time to consider the terms - 'you don't want to miss this opportunity, better sign now', sort of thing). I asked him to scan and send over the agreement they have signed, to be told none of the five was given a copy. We have lived out of the UK for the past 15 years, so are out of touch with current legislation, but I am concerned, primarily, about: 1) them having received no copy of a signed agreement; 2) having to pay a GBP 400.00 damage deposit in April, when the house is still occupied by others until the end of August. This also gives the company some 2,000.00 for six months on just this property. 3) requiring parents to act as guarantors. I do not yet know whether this will be jointly or severally, but I suspect the former. I have told him they should a) get hold of a copy of the agreement immediately and b) get down to the CAB asap. Any advice from this forum would be very gratefully received.