As the government prepares for a National emergency lockdown of communities and parliament finalises approval of the Coronavirus Bill, NUS is demanding that the government acts to reassure students and remove housing anxieties now.
Our five key demands for government, regarding student renters are:
- Ensure all tenants and landlords have access to clear and holistic public health advice.
- Every student landlord must offer a no-penalty release from tenancy contracts for the current and next academic year.
- Government must ban all evictions, for all renters, for the duration of the crisis.
- Government must ensure that renters who are financially impacted by the Coronavirus have their forthcoming rents subsidised, significantly reduced or waived entirely for 3 months – with the option to renew if needed.
- Government must enact a universal freeze on all rent increases for the next 12 months.
We are looking to universities and the private sector Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) providers and landlords to implement all of these demands voluntarily with immediate effect and implement the current government advice on the coronavirus pandemic.
Eva Crossan Jory, NUS Vice President (Welfare) said:
“NUS is working hard to ensure there are protections for all student tenants in place during this crisis. The current crisis demands that students have a safe, affordable and secure roof over their head – this is a matter of social justice and public health! We are calling for student landlords to offer a no-penalty release from tenancy contracts to their tenants, an end to evictions and the subsidy, and the reduction or waiving of rent payments for students impacted financially by coronavirus.”
Notes to editors
Current government advice on coronavirus regarding your accommodation and self- isolation can be found here.
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The National Union of Students (NUS) is a confederation of 600 student’s unions across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Through our members we represent, campaign on behalf of and support the interests of more than seven million students.
Working with more than 95 per cent of all higher and further education students’ unions across the UK our main purpose is to defend, promote and extend the rights of students to make a real difference to their educational experience. Our goal is a country where everyone can access and thrive in education regardless of their background, and a society where students are valued as active citizens.
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