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Bristol Students go on "Rent Strike"

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120 university students are partaking in a "rent strike" and are therefore withholding their final rent payments, stating the Coronavirus pandemic has affected their ability to adhere to their rent contracts.

Many students used income from their now lost, part-time jobs to help pay their rent.

Digs, a local letting agent provided this statement: "We act for in excess of 100 landlords so we can't give a blanket amendment to rent. We are certainly trying to take a personal, sensitive and careful approach towards tenants but each landlord has a completely different opinion. We will be contacting landlords on behalf of tenants."

A student stated: "Other landlords and campuses are cutting rent by half or taking a much more relaxed approach. We felt it was cold and inconsiderate. There are a lot of us who have come together and I think the size of the group will grow."