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1 in 4 student homes infested

Posted by: In: Real Estate 22 Apr 2014 Comments: 0 Tags: ,

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24 per cent of 3,000 students surveyed reported having slugs, mice or another infestation in their homes, despite the fact that they are paying more than for accommodation than one year ago.

Even for those without unwanted guests in their home, things are not necessarily great: more than three quarters of students reported poor living conditions in their homes, with problems ranging from damp and mould to electrical hazards. 13 per cent of landlords had failed to install smoke alarms and 68 per cent had not installed carbon monoxide detectors.

Just over half – 52 per cent – of the students surveyed said that they have felt “uncomfortably” cold in their home, while 48 per cent thought that their living quarters were poorly insulated.

The NUS cites negligent landlords as the main cause, with 53 per cent of respondents saying that they had experienced delays in getting repairs and maintenance work sorted.

Pat Barber, Chair of the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) comments: “Many students were living in unacceptable conditions and it is worrying that so many students are living in such poor quality accommodation in this day and age.

“Yet again, we see negligent landlords taking advantage of tenants …read more

Source: The Movechannel



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