16:17 PM, 25th January 2012, About 12 years ago 3
Student landlords are bearing the brunt of protests from residents fed up with noise and rowdy behaviour.
Residents from neighbourhoods in major university cities all over the country are voicing their anger at student developments and shared houses.
In Fallowfield, Manchester, residents have started an anti-landlord poster campaign after they encountered problems selling homes.
They claim unruly students have down-valued the price of their homes with antics like all-night parties, drunkenness and general bad behaviour, which they say has continued despite tickings off from Manchester University and the Manchester Metropolitan University.
The posters have gone up in St Ives Road and surrounding streets where shared student houses outnumber family homes.
Protestors are urging residents not to sell their homes to landlords.
Resentment is also building against landlords in Glasgow, where more than 500 complaints against new student developments in the city have flooded in to councillors.
Nevertheless, they are still angering residents by allowing developers to carry on building private student halls.
They are complaining about noise, anti-social behaviour and are concerned that developments may end as empty buildings if student demand takes a downturn.
The latest planning consents in Glasgow cover developments in the city’s West End totaling more than 500 student bed spaces.
In Carlisle, residents have sent 70 letters of complaint and a 120 signature petition to councillors about plans for 490 student flats on the site of a derelict factory.
Protests against houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) and student halls are also regularly before councillors in Leeds, York, and Oxford.
A student halls developer in York is trying to gather support from neighbours by claiming a 254 flat blocks of housing for students will ease the pressure on private rentals in the city and free up homes for families.
The £12 million proposal for the city centre development will take students from York St John’s University.