Urbanest rent strikes see further developments

A petition lobbied at private accommodation provider urbanest, in light of recent rent strikes from an inter-collegiate group of students, has now seen wider attention, publicity, and an official response.  

Dan Lawes, speaking for the campaign, told The Beaver that urbanest’s response had

“failed to effectively address the main concerns and requests made within the petition and has demonstrated a failure to recognise and respond accordingly to the significant issues that [students] are facing… Florence Eshalomi MP has taken up this matter as a constituency case and will be in touch in due course to discuss fair treatment of student tenants and her potential next steps.”

Responding to a request for comment, an urbanest spokesperson said:

“We fully appreciate that this is a difficult and stressful time for everyone. Since the beginning of the pandemic last year, we have been providing enhanced support to all residents at urbanest properties. This has been on a case-by-case basis, whether they are currently living in urbanest or at home due to their circumstances. We will continue to take this approach of providing tailored support to individuals whenever needed.”

Lawes, as figurehead of the campaign, also spoke to BBC Radio 4’s Moneybox this past week on these developing matters. 

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