Your SU is working incredibly hard to make change happen and put pressure on landlords and management of PBSAs so students can surrender their contracts early without penalty. Your President: Wellbeing, Helder Costa, has sent open letters to Sunderland Central MP, Julie Elliot, local Councillors and to management of PBSAs. We’re also applying pressure to the University to ask them to help too. However, you can also take action and support the campaign.
Write to your landlord/accommodation provider
As a student, you can directly write to your landlord or PBSA management team by using our email template HERE. Simply add in their details and send it to them. The more students who do this, the greater the movement and ability to lobby.
Write to your local MP
As a student, parent or supporter, you can write (using the template HERE) to Sunderland Central MP, Julie Elliot, or to your local MP and ask for greater student protection and for the Government to make changes to legislation and contract rules so students can surrender their contracts if they no longer live in the property.
Mythbusters you can use
Many landlords have responded to students to say that student loans are still being paid, therefore they rents must be paid. Although true, the reality is that not all students, EU and International students in particular, will receive payments. Additionally, student loans do not aways cover full rent amounts. We have developed a mythbusters page which explains how students are financially affected by Covid-19 and how much funding is actually available.
Marks Out of Tenancy (MOOT)
Marks Out of Tenancy or MOOT is your opportunity to review your accommodation provider/landlord, property and area. Through sharing experiences, both positive and negative, you can help others make decisions of where they want to live and with who. Reviews across the city can highlight areas of poor practice and what improvemts in accommodation standards need to be made.
Students may want to withhold payments for their accommodation until they receive a fee waiver or discounts. This is known as rent striking. Students in accommodation are under contractual obligation to pay their fees and must do so on time. We do not encourage or support this as it may result in rent arrears or legal action being taken. Any student who is unable to pay their accommodation fees should speak to their landlord or accommodation provider as soon as possible and let them know about any financial difficulty. Students should also speak to the University's Financial Guidance team about the Emergency Hardship Fund.