Student wants to abandon tenancy agreement unilaterally?

Student wants to abandon tenancy agreement unilaterally?

7:55 AM, 20th March 2020, About 4 years ago 12

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I have a student HMO, one of the students who merely signed up 2 months ago for a 6 months contract without any deposit has contacted me today and advised that, as her University is closing due to pandemic she no longer needs the accommodation and would be returning back home as her parents are worried due to pandemic.

I am aware that, her parents are based here she is simply trying to get out of contract.

I have politely advised her that, I will not be able to release her from contract and I am able to agree a payment plan with her should she needs one. For avoidance of doubt, she is not a working student and her rent was transferred into her account by her parents. In addition, she has advised that she hasn’t any financial issues, but would simply like to get out of contract.

The rent is due tomorrow and she ended call by stating “I need legal advice and I will revert back to you”

Any suggestions/comments would be greatly appreciated.


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Glenn Ackroyd

17:16 PM, 21st March 2020, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Grumpy Doug at 21/03/2020 - 14:36
Perversely, I think Uni's and halls will be paid - because even though if challenged, tuition fees and accommodation will be deemed frustrated, often Uni's T & C's provide that if you have outstanding fees, they won't allow you to graduate. I'm sure that will be challenged.

But for private student accommodation, I think that the courts will find for the students.

Simon Hall

21:04 PM, 21st March 2020, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Glenn Ackroyd at 21/03/2020 - 14:19I do not concur with your findings. Put simply this is completely ridiculous. If I was to apply this letter of precedence/law then I can equally rescind contract with Mortgage Company by simply stating that, I purchased the property with an intention to rent out to University students since University is closed, I would rescind Mortgage Contract nor am I obliged to pay any Mortgage. In reality this argument will not stand any chance.

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