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Students Look to Take Legal Action over Poor Living Conditions

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Students are looking to take legal action against The London School of Economics (LSE) after doctors advised they should be re-housed to protect their health.

Postgraduates attending the LSE have complained that living conditions at Sidney Webb House are so bad they have caused their health to deteriorate.

Students have blamed headaches, coughing, breathing problems, eye infections and other ailments on their living conditions, with one GP advising his patient to seek a change of room.

Students have now launched a crowdfunding page to raise money to sue LSE for what they are describing is a "breach of tenancy contract".

In addition to delays in repairs, students cited disruptive construction work, which took place over seven-weeks and negatively impacted students ability to prepare for exams.

Students took to social media to vent their frustration, claiming construction work at Sidney House took place three weeks before LSE exams were due to start.

In response to the claims, a spokesman for LSE said of the accommodation: "It is to be refurbished over the summer. We are, however, aware of a number of complaints about accommodation there this academic year. We are investigating each issue."

The students aim to raise a total of £5,000 via their fundraising website by 5 August and have already managed to raise close to £2,000.