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Study Could Lead to New Scottish Regulations

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A scoping study by the Scottish Government is looking into the future student accommodation and could lead to minimum living standards via a new set of regulations.

Documents suggest the standard would give students protection around the condition of the properties they rent, whilst a national roll-out of the London Plan is also being reviewed.

This could see a minimum percentage of rooms within student accommodation developments being matched to an affordable rate linked to the level of maintenance loan.

Regulation is also central to the review, with ministers due to discuss a dedicated regulatory framework for student accommodation.

The report also indicates they will examine how to ensure students have the same rights enjoyed by normal tenants, whilst trying to seek a balance between providing students with more flexibility to exit tenancies and the operational requirements of PBSA.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Government said: "Earlier this year we completed a Scoping Study which informed the range of our review of Purpose Built Student Accommodation and we have formed a Review Group, which includes Universities Scotland, the Scottish Funding Council and NUS Scotland, to drive this forward."