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Students Able to Service Notice Period

Posted by Richard Ward in ,

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New emergency legislation to be lodged at the Scottish Parliament will see students able to serve a seven-day notice period before ending their lease.

Subject to Parliament's approval of the legislation, new agreements entered into by students while the law is in force will also have a 28-day notice to leave period.

The new measure will ensure that if students entering into accommodation contracts for the next academic year are unable to take them up due to COVID-19, they will be able to give noticed and not be held liable for accommodation they cannot use.

Constitution secretary Michael Russell said: "To reduce the spread of this terrible virus, many students have returned to their family homes for the duration of the lockdown but are still paying for their term-time accommodation."

"During this time of great uncertainty and financial hardship for many, these proposals would relieve a significant extra financial burden on students. Introducing a 28 day notice period for contracts entered into during the lifetime of this Act, recognises the uncertainly around the impact of ongoing lockdown measures, as well as providing the same rights as for those students renting in the mainstream private rented sector."

"We continue to press the UK Government to recognise the impact the pandemic is having on the higher education sector and for appropriate financial support to be made available to Scottish institutions."

The new legislation will only apply to halls and purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) and is only applicable if a student cannot take up their place due to coronavirus.