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Homes Fit For Study revealed that over three quarters of students have a problem with the condition of their home, as well as other insights into the environmental performance of the privately rented homes sector.
Over half of students have condensation; almost half have mould, and a quarter have slugs, mice or another infestation in their current home.
Added to these grim health and safety concerns, over a third of students are getting into debt to meet upfront costs to secure a property. The same amount struggle with energy bills, with almost a quarter unaware of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
We used the report to call for proper regulation of letting agents as well as proposing that an end to letting fees, as has happened in Scotland, would ensure that students have a better idea of the overall cost of renting in the private sector and can then budget accordingly.
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