Every so often we here at the TCAS Blog like to give you a round-up of industry news, big deals or global developments but occasionally we like to focus on the local, the little, the weird and the wonderful.
With that in mind, we head to…
Welcome to the Hongqiao No.2 Middle School, in the Hongqiao Township of Qidong County in South China’s Hunan Province. This student housing block must surely have a strong claim to be the most mouldy student dorm in the world!
These photos show a level of damp and mould that you would expect to be far too bad to allow students to live there, but seemingly that isn’t the case task planning tool. The school is building replacement accommodation and therefore refuses to the pay maintenance costs of this mould infested condemned block. Parents and students alike are outraged, as you might imagine – especially as it has been revealed that teachers at the school are living in pristine, damp-free accommodation at the same site.
On a serious note though, damp and mould in student housing can have negative health impacts and will make your house more difficult to rent. Make sure your student tenants use the heating, keep the house ventilated and if possible consider supplying dehumidifiers to tackle damp and take moisture out of the air.
On the back of writing about luxury student accommodation, this story from Leeds backs up the idea that students are receiving better treatment than they historically have done from landlords and accommodation managers.
The lettings agent The Student Property Shop promised the first 50 students to sign contracts for their property a brand new iPad Pro or an iPad Mini 4. The students who receive these gifts were delighted, especially as they are only paying £70 per week which includes rent, bills and the internet. A student focused business model has gone a long way to raising the profile of the company in the local area, and the publicity generated from the iPad giveaway is surely worth its weight in gold.
New housing rules have been introduced to Durham to make it more difficult for private landlords to convert houses into Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). Landlords will now have to apply for planning permission to turn houses into student housing stock under the new Article 4. The move comes after years of pressure and bitter disputes between local residents, landlords and local councillors. Many areas of the UK experience similar disputes in areas where landlords are turning houses into student property and locals feel that the local community is suffering as a result. It will be interesting to see whether Councils up and down the country adopt similar measures.