The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities (DLUHC) has dismissed concerns from HMO student landlords that its plans to bring in periodic tenancies will damage the sector.
Under the proposals, students will be able to give two months’ notice at any time, making finding a replacement very difficult. Students will also be able to remain in the property after the end of the academic year as there will be no fixed term.
In its response, the DLUHC explains that while it expects most students to continue to move in line with the academic year, some might face circumstances beyond their control and will need to vacate a property early, or could be locked into contracts for poor quality housing.
A department spokesman says: “Some students have families, local roots, live with non-students, or have other reasons why they may wish to remain in the property. We do not think it would be fair to apply different rules to students who often require the same level of security as other tenants, or face poor standards within the private rented sector. Therefore, all students who are renting a private home will have periodic tenancies, providing the same certainty as all other tenants will enjoy.”
It adds that it is fair to exclude purpose-built student accommodation landlords who have joined government approved codes of practice from the new regime as these codes set, “vigorous standards for the safety of student accommodation, the management of the property and the relationship between managers and student tenants”.
SWLA hope that this decision within the Rental Reform is rethought, so that students and landlords can continue to secure their next academic year’s tenancies early and have some certainty with their accommodation/letting plans.
Article Abridged from Landlord Zone