Scots students' union backs 'better deal' for renters

Scotland's national student body has committed to tackling extorionate rents at its annual conference. 

The national student body has met in Dunblane to set the direction for its campaigning work in the year ahead.

The conference also seen incumbent national president Liam McCabe re-elected to lead the union. 

NUS will work with the housing union Living Rent to organise student tenants on campus, as well as campaigning nationally for tougher rent controls and a "robust regulatory regime" for student housing.

Speaking after the vote, NUS Scotland president Liam McCabe said students are often left vulnerable to rip-off rents.

"Students – like everyone – have a right to housing that is safe, habitable and affordable.

“I’m delighted that in the year ahead NUS Scotland is committed to working with Living Rent to build tenant organising on campuses across Scotland, campaigning for a better deal for student renters: for effective rent controls, better regulation, and better financial support - especially for those from the poorest backgrounds," he added.

Emma Saunders, from Living Rent, said:

"We welcome this news from NUS and look forward to tackling the issues students face in Scotland. With increasing rents across Scotland, as well as the shocking quality of far too much student housing, students are left to fend for themselves in a broken housing market. In halls of residence, the situation is even worse - where tenants have next to no rights.

“We look forward to collaborating with NUS and other organisations across Scotland to secure rent controls and better-quality housing for every renter in the country."

 

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