Books Every Fresher Should Read
Arts
35 views
35 views

Books Every Fresher Should Read

Anonymous - September 19, 2018
France in Fine Fettle
Sports
49 views
49 views

France in Fine Fettle

Anonymous - September 17, 2018
Dive into Brightonian Culture
Arts
49 views
49 views

Dive into Brightonian Culture

Anonymous - September 17, 2018
Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?
Arts
83 views
83 views

Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?

Anastasia Konstantinidou - September 15, 2018
Students’ Union Apologises for ‘Sexist’ Beermats
News
24 views
24 views

Students’ Union Apologises for ‘Sexist’ Beermats

Jessica Hubbard - September 20, 2018
194 Views

Students slam landlords and letting agents in new survey

The results of this year’s Rate Your Landlord survey has highlighted many of the problems faced by students living in and around the Brighton and Hove area when renting private-sector accommodation.

An annual survey has been conducted since 2009 and this year, for the first time, the University of Brighton’s Students’ Union participated as well.

The University of Sussex’s Students’ Union has compiled a report from the survey’s results, which attributes student dissatisfaction with “poor practice among landlords and letting agents”.

It shows that that while 44.4 percent of students find their housing through letting agents, “private landlords are providing a significantly better service than their letting agent counterparts”.

Apparently 30.8 percent more respondents reported satisfactory landlords if they used StudentPad to find their accommodation as opposed to letting agents.

Many students found letting agents deceitful – lying about the kinds of furniture being provided, withholding information and even being dishonest about rent prices.

There are many instances of letting agents being rude and unhelpful.

Some letting agents have also been known to pressure students into signing contracts by encouraging competition between groups seeking property.

This has led to students feeling exploited after they have made decisions that they later regret.

Jo Goodman, the union’s Welfare Officer, told the Badger about what the union has done this academic year to help students.

She said: “This year we ran a number of Housing Talks in conjunction with the Housing Office which were attended by several hundred students and we continue to produce guidance to students on living in the private rented sector.

“This year for the first time we produced some initial findings of the Rate Your Landlord survey in time for the University’s Housing Fair so that students were able to learn from the experiences of others.”

There are still, however, recurring problems that students have to face.

Worryingly, only a fifth of those who gave information about previous tenancies said they had received their deposit in full after moving out.

Over 70 percent of students reported having been required to provide a UK based homeowner as guarantor to avoid paying larger deposits up front.

For those who were unable to fulfil this requirement, an average of four months’ rent was requested up front although some reported being charged up to a year’s rent in advance to secure the tenancy.

Two students told the Badger about a particular letting agency on Queens Road that they had difficulty with.

On one occasion the agency told a student that he had to find a guarantor within 24-hours of placing his safety deposit in order to secure a property.

When he failed to do so, they kept his money and gave the room to someone else. The same agency refused to refund a third-year psychology student her deposit at the end of her tenancy, when they found a small stain on her flatmate’s carpet.

Problems that students encountered during their tenancies have included finding their houses inadequately cleaned upon moving in, mould and damp problems not being resolved and receiving visits from landlords, letting agents and repair workers with little notice.

A common complaint was that there was a lack of communication between tenants and landlords.

Only 34.4 percent of people who took part in the survey felt that their landlord or letting agent provided good value for money.

Although some people are paying rents under £70 per week, the average rent is between £85 and £90 a week – with a significant number of students spending £100. The report also found that first-year students are more likely to pay over £100.

In addition to this, it was found that first-years were less likely to know about deposit protection schemes.

This could reflect that there is a large problem this year with students being thrown into the housing market without enough information.

By September, the number of bed spaces on campus will have significantly increased due to the construction of the new accommodation, Northfield.

While this will ensure that a majority of students who want to live on campus will be able to do so, this addition will be at the top of the price range, along with Swanborough.

The university is also expecting a large intake at the start of the next academic year as potential students strive to avoid the forthcoming tuition fee hike.

The Students’ Union is therefore planning to support students who will need to rent privately by helping them to make informed decisions.

Jo Goodman, who is responsible for compiling the report, said that the union will be continuing to raise the profile of the Rate Your Landlord survey and its findings.

She added, “We will be able to put pressure on local letting agents and landlords to provide a better service to students.

“We have also been working closely with the university and local council to establish ways of driving up standards for students living in the community.”

The Students’ Union also met with Channel 4’s Dispatches last week to discuss the findings of the survey. The programme-makers are seeking students who are having trouble with landlords and letting agents.

If students wish to contact the programme-makers with their stories, they can do so via e-mail: tilly@hardcashproductions.com.

To see the full report and how Brighton’s letting agents did in the survey as well as getting some hints and tips, visit www.sussexstudent.com/rateyourlandlord



Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam
Books Every Fresher Should Read
Arts
35 views
35 views

Books Every Fresher Should Read

Anonymous - September 19, 2018
France in Fine Fettle
Sports
49 views
49 views

France in Fine Fettle

Anonymous - September 17, 2018
Dive into Brightonian Culture
Arts
49 views
49 views

Dive into Brightonian Culture

Anonymous - September 17, 2018
Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?
Arts
83 views
83 views

Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?

Anastasia Konstantinidou - September 15, 2018
Students’ Union Apologises for ‘Sexist’ Beermats
News
24 views
24 views

Students’ Union Apologises for ‘Sexist’ Beermats

Jessica Hubbard - September 20, 2018

Leave a Reply

Join the Badger Team

Apply today!

Latest Posts

Books Every Fresher Should Read
Arts
35 views
Arts
35 views

Books Every Fresher Should Read

Anonymous - September 19, 2018

Starting university comes with both exciting but potentially daunting changes, with both moving away from home and studying at degree level posing to be two new challenges.…

INCREDIBLES 2: The Sequel with a Feminist Twist
Film & Theatre
41 views
Film & Theatre
41 views

INCREDIBLES 2: The Sequel with a Feminist Twist

Anonymous - September 18, 2018

One key film in the development of anyone who grew up in the early 2000s was The Incredibles (2004). It’s comedy, vibrancy, and general sense of fun…

France in Fine Fettle
Sports
49 views
Sports
49 views

France in Fine Fettle

Anonymous - September 17, 2018

Prior to the start of the quadrennial tournament this summer, football fans across the world grew sceptical over Russia’s credentials and ability to host the most prestigious…

Dive into Brightonian Culture
Arts
49 views
Arts
49 views

Dive into Brightonian Culture

Anonymous - September 17, 2018

Boredom is impossible when you throw yourself into everything this weird and wonderful city has to offer. The specific and unique cultural wonders of Brighton are indeed…

Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?
Arts
83 views
Arts
83 views

Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?

Anastasia Konstantinidou - September 15, 2018

During this year’s Pride Festival, Brighton had the honour of welcoming international pop star and voice of the early 2000s, Britney Spears, to the main stage. Undoubtedly,…

Union obliterates the debate – unwritten requirement used to shut down free speech debate
Campus News
1140 views1
Campus News
1140 views1

Union obliterates the debate – unwritten requirement used to shut down free speech debate

Jordan Wright - April 27, 2018

Student society Liberate the Debate’s most recent event was cancelled over a lack of compliance with the Students' Union's (USSU) requirement for a neutral chair - a…

Students’ Union Apologises for ‘Sexist’ Beermats
News
24 views
News
24 views

Students’ Union Apologises for ‘Sexist’ Beermats

Jessica Hubbard - September 20, 2018

The University of Sussex Students' Union (USSU) has apologised after 'sexist' beermats were found in Dig-In Boxes in Freshers' Welcome Bags. The beermats were provided by Brush…

Sussex Lecturer Accused of Making Transphobic Comments Ahead of Brighton Trans Pride 2018
News
86 views1
News
86 views1

Sussex Lecturer Accused of Making Transphobic Comments Ahead of Brighton Trans Pride 2018

Jessica Hubbard - September 15, 2018

Kathleen Stock, a philosophy Lecturer at Sussex, was accused of making transphobic comments in July 2018. This followed various interviews and blog posts by Stock. Stock told…

Welcome 2018 Freshers!
Campus News
89 views
Campus News
89 views

Welcome 2018 Freshers!

Billie-Jean Johnson - September 15, 2018

Ah, Freshers. You’ve no idea the amazing year you have ahead of you! As you read this now, you’ve probably met your flatmates and maybe even met…

A conversation with Kathleen Stock on Transgender Identity
Opinion
84 views
Opinion
84 views

A conversation with Kathleen Stock on Transgender Identity

Jessica Hubbard - September 15, 2018

Kathleen Stock, a philosophy lecturer at Sussex University, met with controversy after criticising the government’s reform of the Gender Recognition Act (2004). The amendment would ‘de-medicalise’ the…

Verve Couture – Musicality, kitsch & ignition: the beginning of a series
Arts
396 views
Arts
396 views

Verve Couture – Musicality, kitsch & ignition: the beginning of a series

Ricardo Reverón Blanco - June 17, 2018

Pictured: Zac Black At Proud Cabaret audiences were spellbound as if at night at the circus, yet this was not like Angela Carter’s magical realist novel; Verve…

Fleabag on stage at The Old Market – review
Arts
398 views
Arts
398 views

Fleabag on stage at The Old Market – review

Florence Dutton - June 11, 2018

[caption id="attachment_35513" align="alignnone" width="2400"] Fleabag at Soho Theatre[/caption] Last Monday at 8pm at Brighton’s The Old Market, I sat myself down in my theatre seat eagerly awaiting…

Fleabag preview
Arts
374 views
Arts
374 views

Fleabag preview

Florence Dutton - June 2, 2018

[caption id="attachment_35513" align="alignnone" width="2400"] Fleabag at Soho Theatre[/caption] Following the mass success of the Bafta award-winning BBC Series, DryWrite and Soho Theatre are about to hit the…

Brighton Festival: Ezra Furman at the Dome
Arts
433 views
Arts
433 views

Brighton Festival: Ezra Furman at the Dome

Georgia Grace - June 1, 2018

Having completed my final semester of university with modules on punk history and queer arts, it was fitting that I rounded off my end-of-assessment celebrations by attending…

Arts
449 views

The Tempest review

Georgia Grace - May 30, 2018

As the sun begins to set over Hove Green, tinnies of Red Stripe are cracked open, tartan blankets are strewn, and families tuck into their picnic hampers.…

A Glass Half Empty review
Arts
390 views
Arts
390 views

A Glass Half Empty review

Georgia Grace - May 27, 2018

For those of us coming to the end of another year of university study, the prospect of careers, marriages and babies may seem a long way off.…

DollyWould at The Old Market review
Arts
366 views
Arts
366 views

DollyWould at The Old Market review

Alex Hutson - May 27, 2018

Sh!t Theatre’s DollyWould is a hilarious, thoughtful and experimental performance piece. The award winning show has the Sh!t Theatre duo integrating comedy, storytelling, personal experience and music.…

UCU Launch Petition to End the ‘Hostile Environment’ at Sussex
Campus News
558 views
Campus News
558 views

UCU Launch Petition to End the ‘Hostile Environment’ at Sussex

Billie-Jean Johnson - May 26, 2018

The Sussex branch of the University and College Union (UCU) has launched a petition calling for Vice-Chancellor Adam Tickell to end the 'hostile environment' at Sussex. The…

Arts
315 views

Shakespeare in the sun – The Tempest preview

Georgia Grace - May 24, 2018

In a world of dystopian King Lears and female Hamlets, Shakespeare’s classics are constantly being reimagined for the modern day. There’s something oddly refreshing then about the…

Review: Nick Cave Double Bill at The Old Market (TOM’s Film Club)
Arts
923 views
Arts
923 views

Review: Nick Cave Double Bill at The Old Market (TOM’s Film Club)

Sophie Coppenhall - May 23, 2018

What a phenomenal contrast these two films present when watched side-by-side. In essence, together they are capable of tracing inner and outer metamorphoses of their subjects. The…

Dollywould at The Old Market preview
Arts
375 views
Arts
375 views

Dollywould at The Old Market preview

Alex Hutson - May 22, 2018

From the 22nd May - 25th May 2018 DollyWould will be showing at The Old Market. An exciting new show, presented by Sh!t Theatre, who won the…