Private Housing Updates

Read the updates here about Private Housing

Apr 30, 2020

Here are some updates about private housing - from writing a letter to your landlord, to what to do if you're struggling to afford your rent.

Writing to your Landlord

Hayley, your VP Welfare & Community has created a letter template that students can use to request flexibility with their rent payments with their landlords.

Useful Guidance from the University Student Housing Team

For students currently in private house accommodation, the University Student Housing Team has produced some useful guidance including actions you can take if you cannot afford your rent.

University Hardship Fund

The University Finance Team have also said, in relation to hardship funding, that students that are struggling and need funds should email them at studentfinance@port.ac.uk. They are still asking for applications and evidence which can be emailed to them (and they'll be flexible on what can be provided). Any student who is in financial difficulty can apply, regardless of the issues and they are mindful of the lack of part-time work affecting students adversely. They are also aware of our priority group students such as those with children, disabilities and care leavers/estranged students.

Update: Writing to Portsmouth City Council

Your President, Helena, and VP Welfare and Community, Hayley, along with Graham Galbraith, are in the process of writing to members of the Portsmouth City Council to request landlords to release students from rental payments for the remainder of their tenancies and ensure support so neither party is financially strained. 

Renters Right Packs

Don't forget you can still access Hayley's helpful Renters Rights Pack too for general support and resources on your rights when renting.

Information from the Government

The government has also published guidance for landlords and tenants.


Your Sabbs wrote a letter to Portsmouth City Council about Student Renters and their rights at this time.

Portsmouth City Council wrote an email response to the Sabbs. You can read what they said here.







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