BCUSU Homes have sent the following information to tenants: ‘Your Students’ Union does not own the property that you live in. Our position is a neutral one since we only provide a service to the property owner which involves a combination of letting the property, collecting rents and providing a maintenance service.
At this time, in a constantly changing landscape, the Students’ Union’s advice to you is to continue paying your rent in the manner prescribed in your tenancy agreement until further directives are received from central government.
By continuing to pay your rent you preserve your rights as a tenant and should there be any type of recompense or compensation in the future it can be paid to you retrospectively.
Your tenancy agreement does not make any provision for terminating early, even in these extraordinary times, however we will follow any government guidelines regarding student accommodation once they have been announced.
It is worth mentioning that your property is privately owned whereby your landlord still has all his or her financial obligations to meet.
So our advice to you is to maintain your payments so as not to negate any rights that you have as a tenant.
Our Accounts Department is happy to discuss any payment terms with you if you need more flexibility in the way that you pay your rent. If you feel you would benefit from this, please send a proposal to Nancy in our Accounts Dept who you can reach at email@example.com.'