Quick checklist if you choose to withhold rent:
- Put your intentions in writing (email is fine) to the Accommodation Office (University rentals), your landlord/agency (if private rental).
- State why you are withholding rent and what action you want them to take to resolve the issue.
- Say that the rent money has been put into a separate holding account as you are raising a dispute rather than not simply not wanting to pay.
- Say why you feel rent is owed, e.g. why the quality of accommodation, level of facilities, service have been impacted or if you haven’t been able to move in and it is the fault of the Univ or Landlord.
If you are struggling cover your rent payments because of the impact of loss of work, family income support etc, get in touch with LUU advice as we may able to help via the Emergency Hardship Funds. This fund is open to any student (including EU and International) and any level of study. It covers essential costs such as rent, food and study related expenses. Decisions are usually made within 48 hours of an application made. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0113 3801400.