A new piece of legislation has been enacted to allow students to bring their tenancy to an end early. In order to do this, you must give written notice to your landlord and provide a reason related to the coronavirus outbreak. The amount of notice you need to give your landlord will depend on when you moved into the accommodation:
To download a template to give written notice to your landlord in line with this legislation, click here.
Shelter Scotland has created this information sheet for students staying in PBSA (private halls).
To see further information about this please refer to the following Scottish Government Student Information page.
Shelter Scotland has created this information sheet for students staying in PRT (most private flat tenancies).
If you are looking for new accommodation or moving into a new flat please ensure that you read and follow all of the updated advice on how to do this safety during this time. Please check the information on the Scottish Government website here.
Additional information about student halls, social housing and private rented accommodation can be accessed here.
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The Advice Centre can provide a listening ear and refer you to specialist support with accommodation issues.
For more information and links on finding accommodation, important legal information (including council tax and TV licensing), safety information and useful contacts please see our Accommodation Handbook above or download the Accommodation Handbook (pdf file).
From 1 December 2017, all new tenancies in Scotland are Private Residential Tenancies. This came with changes to the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords.
Existing assured or short assured tenancies that were taken out before 1 December 2017 will continue to operate as they do currently until they come to an end or the tenant and landlord agree to convert them to a Private Residential Tenancy.
The Advice Centre has prepared a short guide about the changes brought by the new tenancy type which you can access here.
Police Scotland produced the following report on student rental scams (pdf file). It includes information on how to protect yourself from becoming a victim.
If you would rather watch a video, check out the links below:
For other accommodation resources from NUS go to their Ready to Rent Hub.
We have an Accommodation notice board in the Advice Centre where you can check for details of flats, rooms and shared accommodation available to rent. Anyone who has accommodation to advertise can use this space including students looking for a flat mate, University halls of residence and private landlords. If you would like to use this service please contact a Student Adviser as all advertisements need to be GCU Students' Association approved before going on to the notice board.
Contact a Student Adviser for further advice.
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