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Students in Bournemouth Told to Pay Final Rent Instalment

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Students in Bournemouth have been told they must pay their final rent instalment despite being unable to access their rooms.

Four university halls owned by Campus Living Villages are still open for international students, but those not living in the premises have been told to continue paying their rent.

An email sent to students said: "As the building is open and considering our obligations, we are not financially able to release you from any liability under your contract."

"If you are not in the village, given the current government advice on non-essential travel, please do not visit the village or request collection of anything that you have left in your room."

"You will not be able to access the village or your room at this time."

"If you are still in the village, in line with government advice, we strongly advise that you do not leave, even if you are able to. We will continue to provide you with a safe and secure place to live."

Lyme Regis House, Cranborne House, Chesil House and Okeford House have all been affected, despite MP Chris Chope calling for the firm to "be reasonable" in dealing with the tenants.

Commenting on the situation, the MP for Christchurch said: "These are uncertain times and I want to assure you that I recognise that measures being taken to save lives will necessarily disrupt our normal way of life. This sadly will include disruption to students' education."

"Legally, it is for the providers of student accommodation to decide whether they require their tenants to pay fees or not."

"I have however contacted five of the principal providers in Bournemouth, including all those listed in emails to me, calling on them to be reasonable in their dealings with their tenants during this difficult period, and to announce their decisions as soon as possible."

"Whilst talks are continuing between universities, providers and the Government I want to assure you that as a serving Minister in the Government I will be speaking to my colleagues to make representations on your behalf."