A call has been made for student tenancy agreements to include a break
clause should another wave of Covid-19 take place.
A survey of students and parents was carried out by Money Magpie and it
found that 89% of students would like a break clause to be included in
their rental contract.
The idea was backed by 91% of parents.
The break clause would see students being able to return home should their
university be forced to close in a second Covid-19 lockdown.
The clause would also mean they would not be liable for paying any rent
that remained under their contract.
Students being forced to leave their universities
The moves follows issues that arose with students being forced to leave
their universities as part of lockdown measures, but still being liable for
paying their summer term rent.
The founder of Money Magpie, Jasmine Birtles, said: "Students who are at
university in the autumn must insist on a break clause with the landlord of
their accommodation, whether they are private or a large company."
A spokesman for Arla Propertymark, said: "There's no need for altering
student accommodation contracts unless the government passes a specific law
for student grants and loans."
He added that as students can access financial aid, they can pay rent and
any alterations to the system will see student landlords looking at a big
drop in income which will have a knock-on effect on the whole student
International investors still wanting UK student accommodation
Meanwhile, the largest market for student accommodation investment in
Europe is the UK, research reveals.
The findings from real estate firm JLL highlights that international
investors are still looking to invest huge sums into the UK student housing
sector with their main focus on London, followed by Glasgow and then by
accommodation in Edinburgh.
In a report, the firm's research and strategy director, Philip
Wedge-Bernai, said: "A growing student population has been driving
investment demand for accommodation."
He added that student numbers are expected to grow by 27% over the next
decade, or by around 40,000 new students every year.
The report also highlights that the UK is home to three of the top cities
in Europe in terms of the number of beds under construction or in the
Mr Wedge-Bernai adds: "Over the past five years, the supply of units has
picked up and the UK is still not been building enough for meeting the
He says that the mismatch between demand and supply, along with the close
bonds between student accommodation providers and universities, is helping
to sustain investor interest.