This year hasn’t been easy for many students, and at various points throughout the year, Robert Gordon Students' Union (RGU:Union), Aberdeen University Students' Association (AUSA) and NESCol Students' Association (NESCol SA) have been contacted by students, mainly those living within private halls, who have been treated unfairly by private landlords.
Throughout the pandemic we’ve been providing support around accommodation to students on an individual basis – as well as working with NUS Scotland to feedback on these issues at a Scottish Government level.
Now we’ve joined forces with AUSA and NESCol SA to launch Right Your Rent.
What is Right Your Rent?
Right Your Rent is a joint campaign run by RGU:Union, AUSA and NESCol SA, which aims to support students living in private halls or private rented accommodation.
The campaign builds on the successes of the independently-run accommodation campaigns of RGU:Union and AUSA, LiveRight and #RefundTheRent, and aims to ensure that student tenants are actively represented, their voices are heard and that the rights of student tenants are promoted and protected.
To do this we aim to improve access to information and advice on the rights of student tenants, as well as lobbying to make change that benefits student tenants in Aberdeen.
How are we doing this?
We will ensure resources are provided for up to date accommodation advice and support, including key contacts, template letters and media and which will be held on the AUSA website, RGU:Union website and on social platforms for NESCol SA, and, where necessary, have input from organisations such as Shelter Scotland, NUS Scotland and any other relevant parties.
We also aim to provide access to expert advice from organisations such as Shelter Scotland and the association’s respective institution’s accommodation departments and advisory services.
We’ll also work together to lobby local PBSA providers, as well as work with NUS Scotland to ensure that students views are fed into the upcoming Scottish Government Review into the Purpose-Built Student Accommodation Providers (private halls).
How can you get involved?
- Check out the campaign information – We have FAQs, the latest legislation explained and a template letter that you can use to terminate your lease. For AU and NESCol students, head over to AUSA and NESCol SA respectively.
- Share your experiences of private halls this year – We need to hear from you so that we can build up examples of good and bad practice by providers. Leave a review (good or bad) for your private student accommodation providers on the RGU:Union website.
- Follow RGU:Union social media channels - Keep up to date as the campaign progresses, there will be lots of opportunities to get involved as we lobby for change (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).
To find out more about this campaign, or if you have any questions, contact RGU:Union President (Communication & Democracy), AUSA Vice President for Welfare or NESCol SA Regional President.