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Shared housing restrictions increasing students' money miseries

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Education, Finance

Shared housing restrictions increasing students' money miseries Shared housing restrictions increasing students' money miseries

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has warned that restrictions on the growth of shared housing are pushing up rents for students.

Some local authorities with universities have decided to use planning powers known as Article 4 Directions to prevent the spread of shared housing.

The RLA's annual UK-wide table of rents, Accommodation for Students, has revealed that the average weekly student rent bill has risen from £67.11 in 2011 to £68.70 in 2012 – an increase of 2.4%.

Students are already facing massive increases in tuition fee costs.

Alan Ward, Chairman of the (RLA), said: “Sadly, due to the actions of a number of local authorities many perspective students now face a double whammy of rising rents and tuition fees.

“The RLA is calling on councils to urgently reconsider the use of the Article 4 direction in order to boost supply in student towns. Changes to the way the sector is taxed would also significantly boost supply, the best way to prevent rents spiralling out of control.

“Students play a vital role to the local economies in which they live, sustaining local businesses. If communities are concerned about student behavioural issues this needs to be worked out in partnership with landlords, universities and the police. The planning system should not be used as a tool for social engineering.”

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