One in five students live in vermin infested homes

One in five students live in vermin infested homes

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