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Stop Housing Haste Campaign Gains Traction

Posted by Richard Ward

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The largest student lettings company in Lancaster has decided to give tenants more time to decide if they want to sign tenancy agreements for the 2021-22 academic year.

The city's Students' Union has been supporting a 'Stop Housing Haste' campaign in Lancaster to persuade student accommodation providers to be more flexible and enable tenants to sign tenancies for the next academic year later than normal.

Whilst Lancaster's Student Union, Living, would have typically already issued contracts for the next academic year for the properties it manages, it is now giving tenants until January to decide.

The student union's vice president Amy Merchant (left), says: "I am delighted that the delaying of contracts has been approved by Trustee Board."

"I was mandated to do this by our student membership back in March as part of my wider 'Stopping Housing Haste' campaign, and being my manifesto priority, it was so crucial that this decision was passed."

"It is vital that SU Living set a precedent on an issue that affects every single student at Lancaster."

Merchant added that this reduces stress on students by giving them more time to find the right housemates and still have safe, affordable accommodation options available to them later in the year.