Coronavirus (COVID-19) &FAQs

Guidance and support

 

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. You should allow 48 hours for your notice to be received, therefore the start of your notice period will be 2 days after you send the email or letter and the end of your notice period will be 30 days after you send the email or letter.

  • Notice must be given in writing.

  • You must state the end date of your notice period when you provide notice to quit.

  • The reason you wish to leave must be related to Coronavirus and clearly stated in your notice to quit.

  • This is a temporary piece of legislation currently in place until 31st March 2021 and as such, we expect that on the 1st April 2021 all relevant legislation will revert to standard.

    • This is an extension to the original end date on the legislation which was 30th September 2020. The Coronavirus (Scotland) Acts (Amendment of Expiry Dates) Regulations 2020 confirms the extension as of 29th September 2020.

  • What this means is that the last date you can give notice to leave is 31st March 2021.

We have developed a template letter for those ending their tenancy agreements in line with this legislation. This is available here.

Additionally, 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, so if you feel you have been unfairly charged rent, please get in touch.

The Advice Hub are still available for any questions you might have about your circumstances, so please get in touch at strathunion.advice@strath.ac.uk and we'll be happy to help!