Students empowered to strike back against dodgy landlords
Dodgy landlords that provide rubbish living conditions for students are going to get a telling off today.
Universities minister Chris Skidmore will warn rogue renters that brand new regulations will give ‘tenants the power to make them face justice in court’.
According to the government, one in five students live in squalor and have reported ‘mice, slugs, and other vermin infesting their accommodation’.
The new regulations, which came into force last week, give renters across the country the right to take landlords to court if they fail to address serious defects in their properties, such as mould, damp and safety hazards.
MP Skidmore said: ‘Students’ time at university should be some of the best days of their lives and yet I have heard appalling stories of students living in terrible conditions, which can affect their studies and even their mental health.
‘While there are many landlords who do take their responsibilities seriously, for too long rogue private landlords have been exploiting vulnerable students by failing to provide even basic standards of living.
‘Now the time is up for these landlords making a profit from shoddy accommodation. These new regulations make landlords more accountable, helping to improve standards, and students should use their powers to make sure landlords face justice where they’re not fulfilling their responsibilities.’
Housing minister Heather Wheeler MP also had something to say: ‘For the last year, we have worked tirelessly to ensure all tenants, including students, have access to a fairer private rented market across the country.
‘From cracking down on unnecessary costs through our Tenant Fees Act, extending HMO regulations to offer protections to more tenants than ever before and giving councils the funding they need to tackle rogue landlords, we are determined to make renting of the standard it should be.’
And the whole press release can be found here.