Two privately-run accommodation blocks in the cathedral city have so refused to offer students any concessions despite most other institutional landlords relenting.

Two accommodation providers in Canterbury are holding out on giving students a rent rebate despite landlords around the country waiving this term’s fees. 

About 800 students at Palamon Court – a Rhodaus Town development owned by Ridge Holdings Ltd – and Canterbury Student Manor in Parham Road, owned by Graduate Two Ltd – argue they shouldn’t be liable for the rest of the year’s rent now that they’ve moved out.

At Palamon Court, students pay up to £215 a week, while at Canterbury Student Manor rooms go up to £190.

With face-to-face lectures cancelled and students back at their family homes, many private accommodation providers have waived final rent instalments for the summer period or have released students from their contracts.

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Canterbury Christ Church University has called on private landlords in the city to follow its example, but Ridge Holdings Ltd and Graduate Two Ltd have refused to waive payments at the two sites.

Students who’ve lost their jobs, which normally help pay for accommodation, are hardest hit. However, their requests for the providers to waive or reduce rent has been turned down.

Student Molly Fitzpatrick set up an online petition calling on landlords to scrap the fees, which now has more than 1,000 signatures.

She says: “In these unprecedented times it has been the advice of universities and student unions to waiver the final rent instalment. People simply cannot afford to pay obscene amounts for a service we are not using. It would be extremely immoral and unjust to expect students to pay this.”

LandlordZONE was unable to contact Ridge Holdings Ltd and Graduate Two Ltd for a comment.

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  1. As a landlord, with children at Uni, they have both shown me the template letter from the national students union.

    This includes the reference to mortgage holidays using this as one reason to not have to pay the rent. For both my children I have said that if they are looking for waiver or reduction in rent, then then need to demonstrate hardship. So if they have lost a job due to Covid, then explain that. But for most students, if they are no longer living in the hall, they will be living somewhere else, and not having to pay rent at that place too so they are not any worse off than if they had been living in student digs.

    As I have done with a couple of properties, where people have lost their jobs, I am allowing a rent holiday/reduction. So I am trying to allow for the current situation.

    I manage and maintain my own properties, and the rental is my only income, and I still have to pay a mortgage (the holiday just rols over the interest).

    We all have a part to play

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