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Lack of trust leads to breakdown in student-landlord relationship

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15th December 2017

New research carried out among over 2,000 UK adults by SPCE has revealed the perceptions of both students and landlords towards the current uni student rental market.

The report found that 61% of current university students find securing a rental property one of the most stressful parts of their entire uni experience with 66% citing poor communication from landlords and estate agents as a major issue.

According to the data, 70% of current uni-goers say rental accommodation for students is often in a poor, run-down condition.

However, it wasn't just the students that were unhappy as 7 out of 10 UK landlords would not let their property to a student because they do not trust them not to cause damage.

77% of students and 84% of landlords are calling for a system that would provide ratings to tenants and landlords based on previous tenancies.

Student lettings app SPCE has launched to mend this broken student-landlord relationship

More than three-fifths of university students in the UK say securing a rental property tops the list as the most stressful part of their university experience, new research by student lettings app SPCE has revealed.
 
The research found that 61% of current university students find securing a rental property one of the most stressful parts of their entire uni experience, trumping their anxieties over job hunting, studying and the end-of-year exam period. Delving into the reasons why, 66% of students cited poor communication from landlords and estate agents as a major issue. What’s more, 70% of current uni-goers also felt that rental accommodation for students is often in a poor, run-down condition.

Revealing a community of student tenants dissatisfied with the current rental market, SPCE’s research also unveils the perception of landlords when it comes to letting their property out to uni students. It found that 70% of UK landlords would not let their property to a student because they do not trust them and did not want to risk their property being damaged.

When asked if they would want a system that provided ratings to tenants and landlords based on previous tenancies – 77% of students and 84% of landlords said they would.
 
Leon Ifayemi, CEO of SPCE, commented: “Today’s research provides valuable insight into a key section of the property market. Evidently, students and landlords are dissatisfied by the current state of student lettings, underpinned by a lack of trust and communication between both sides.
 
It’s interesting to see many landlords refusing to let their properties to students, perceiving them as bad tenants. This couldn’t be further from the truth – with parents acting as guarantors, there’s a very low risk of students not being able to pay rent on time or provide compensation for damages. What’s more, students are also not deserving of lazy stereotypes of them as reckless party animals; they are far more conscientious than that.”

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