On the 26th May 2020, a new piece of emergency, temporary legislation came into force in Scotland. This granted permission for students living in purpose built student accommodation (including University Halls of Residence and private student halls) to bring tenancies to an end earlier than the stated end date.
The relevant section of the legislation states:
(1) A tenant may, for a reason relating to coronavirus, bring to an end a student residential tenancy by giving to the landlord a notice which fulfils the requirements described in paragraph 3.
(2) A tenancy comes to an end in accordance with sub-paragraph (1) on the day on which the notice states (in whatever terms) that it is to come to an end.”
Other things that are important to know:
If you moved into your accommodation before 27th May 2020, you are entitled to give 7 days' notice to leave.
If you moved in on or after 27th May 2020, you are entitled to give 28 days' notice to leave.
Notice must be given in writing.
This is a temporary piece of legislation currently in place until 30th September 2020 and as such, we expect that on the 1st October 2020 all relevant legislation will revert to standard.
What this means is that the last date you can give notice to leave is 30th September 2020.
Strath Union stands in support of all students who have unfairly charged rent for a period of time that they have not been living in their accommodation due to the impact of Covid -19.
NUS' campaign, #NotStayingNotPaying, is working hard to fight for students' rights and to see the return of all unfair payments. They have created a template letter for you to send to request the return of rent paid for time after you left your accommodation which is available here. You can also see more about their campaign here.
We have also developed a template letter for those that would prefer to request the return of payment from the end of their notice period. This is available here.
The Advice Hub are still available for any questions you might have about your circumstances, so please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to help!