STOP DEMANDING RENT FOR VACANT ROOMS

STOP DEMANDING RENT FOR VACANT ROOMS

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Muffy Phull started this petition to Westmanor student living

As the pandemic continues to rise in the number of Covid-19 cases across the world, it has put many students and families in jeopardy of their safety when travelling overseas. And one of the issues that many of us are currently facing is the complication between tenants and landlords. Many other tenants and I who are students studying in the UK (currently remotely in Canada) had signed a lease with Westmanor Student Living back in December 2019 for the 2020/2021 academic year. However, unbeknownst of the current unprecedented situation, the agency has refused to release us of the liability for the rent payments when we haven't even moved in. So these are vacant rooms which they are charging us for whereas other letting agencies have been very reasonable with their tenants. They have threatened us and our guarantors with court action. They have shown bad faith and have acted completely unreasonable in this situation. Since they are a private accommodation agency, there's only so much pressure the University can put on them. However, if we show them enough support, they might be able to reason out with us. 

We have had enough as students who are experiencing financial hardship as we are not working and are having difficulty finding jobs to pay rent for these vacant rooms in the UK while we are in Canada during such times. It has immensely impacted us on our mental health and our education and has also put our families through so much unnecessary stress. It is really not fair that they are threatening us to pay for empty rooms and have refused to make ANY adjustment. We need to pressurize them to relieve us of this liability and spread the word and make future tenants aware of how unreasonable they have been and that they should not sign any sort of lease with them. Canadian Recruiters and the University of Leicester are well aware of this situation and have approached us to support us with this petition. We would really appreciate the support of fellow students and tenants who share this pain and help us fight against them. Thank you!

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