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Durham SU Criticised for Advertising Unaffordable Housing

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Durham's SU has been criticised for advertising private student accommodation this term and a motion has been submitted to end the promotion of unaffordable housing.

The motion, which defines luxury accommodation as "accommodation for which the rent is significantly higher than the average student loan", encourages the SU to end the advertisement of this kind of student living in all circumstances.

The motion also calls for an end to any other accommodation whose providers contradict the Union's campaign policy. This would include those providers that refuse to forgive rent or let students exit contracts during the pandemic.

However, SU President Seun Twins noted that the motion could lead to financial restructuring, as funds generated from advertisement are used to maintain services.