NUS has published new research ‘Homes fit for study’ which revealed that over three quarters of students have a problem with the condition of their home.
Over half have condensation; almost half have mould, and a quarter have slugs, mice or another infestation in their current home.
Added to these grim health and safety concerns, over a third of students are getting into debt to meet upfront costs to secure a property. The same amount struggle with energy bills, with almost a quarter unaware of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
“No one should be forced to live in a home that is a danger to their health and wellbeing – so these findings are shocking. We hear from young people every day living in unsafe rented homes, dealing with rogue landlords, struggling to pay sky-high rents, or paying out hundreds in unfair letting fees.” — Cambell Robb, Shelter UK