Friday 06-11-2015 - 14:10
NUS has won £17,000 in funding to continue the Ready to Rent training programme.
Ready to Rent was launched in 2014 with a grant from the TDS Charitable Foundation. Its main aim was to improve students’ confidence and awareness of their rights when they are living in the private rented sector.
Our previous research, Homes Fit for Study, found that levels of satisfaction amongst students living in the private rented sector was really low, and importantly, this was matched by low levels of understanding and awareness of their rights as tenants.
Homes Fit for Study revealed:
- Under a third of respondents (31 per cent) thought that there was enough support for private renters
- Less than half (47 per cent) felt that they knew their rights as a tenant
- Only just over half of respondents (51 per cent) felt that they knew where to turn if they had a problem with their housing
We also found that tenants were losing their deposits, often unfairly, and were unsure about how to challenge these decisions with their landlords.
As a result NUS developed a tenant training programme, Ready to Rent, specifically aimed at student renters, which would be made available to students’ unions across the UK, with the aim of improving awareness and improving students’ experiences as renters.
Further funding has been awarded by TDS Charitable Foundation whose mission is to raise the standards of private rented sector housing management.
We will use the funding to update all the training materials, make it easier to access all of the training materials and guidance, and extend the Ready to Rent programme to Further Education students' unions.