All landlords must refund students who had to end their licences early because of COVID-19 – Eoin Ó Broin TD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has called for all landlords, private and university, to refund students who have had to end their licences early because of COVID-19. Deputy Ó Broin said: ‘We have received hundreds of emails from students and their parents who have had leave their private rented accommodation and end their licenses early due to COVID-19. They have been refused rent refunds …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 1 April]

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Pre-Paid Rents Must Be Returned To Students Who Have Left University Accommodation – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2020 by steve

“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education, Thomas Byrne, has called on the University of Limerick to do the right thing and refund rent to students who had to leave campus accommodation early due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Deputy Byrne said that UL should be following in the path of other Universities who are refunding pre-paid rents to students who have left …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 30 March]

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UL Under Fire After Refusing Refunds to Residents Moving Out

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2020 by steve

“The University of Limerick (UL) has come under fire after refusing to issue refunds to students who leave the college’s accommodation early due to the coronavirus pandemic. Students leaving UL’s accommodation have been told they can claim back deposits paid at the beginning of the year, but will not be refunded rent that covers the rest of the semester …” (more)

[Alex Connolly, University Times, 30 March]

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UL student accomodation paid for the rest of the semester will not be refunded

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2020 by steve

“Students at the University of Limerick (UL) are urging the university to refund rent to students who leave campus accommodation early due to the coronavirus outbreak. UL has told students they can claim their deposit back early but that rents paid for the rest of the semester will not be refunded. It is in stark contrast to other universities …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 30 March]

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NUIG Students Union calls on accommodation providers to refund tenants forced to return home during coronavirus crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2020 by steve

“Large scale student accommodation providers should refund students forced to return home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. That’s according to NUI Galway’s Student Union and the Union of Students in Ireland, who say landlord firms are refusing refunds to students no longer living in privately operated student buildings …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 26 March]

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Student landlord firm ‘adjusting its policies’ after previously refusing rent refunds

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2020 by steve

“A large private student landlord firm is ‘adjusting its policies’, having previously refused refunds to students who left their accommodation during the Covid-19 crisis. However, Uninest, which manages some of the largest student residence complexes in the country, has still not confirmed if it will refund rent to students who felt safer returning to their family homes during the public health emergency …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 26 March]

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USI calls for accommodation refunds for student tenants

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called on operators of large-scale student accommodation to refund student tenants who have had to leave college and return home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It says landlord firms are refusing any refunds to students who are no longer living in the privately-operated student buildings, many of whom have lost part-time jobs due to closures as a result of the pandemic …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 25 March]

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Private Student Accommodation Providers Must Refund Students – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education, Thomas Byrne, has called on those providing private student accommodation to return prepaid rents to students who have had to go home as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 25 March]

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NUI Galway President Calls for Community Spirit to Support Student Accommodation Needs

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“NUI Galway President, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, has called for property owners to work with the University and show care and compassion to students during the COVID-19 emergency …” (more)

[NUI Galway, 25 March]

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Student accommodation providers must show rent leniency – Ní Chuilín

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has called for student accommodation providers to show leniency and freeze rents while universities and colleges are shut to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. Carál Ní Chuilín said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 25 March]

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Rent prices are locking students out of education – and we won’t stand for it!

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2020 by steve

“As Students’ Unions around Ireland are stepping-up protests at universities and colleges demanding the reversal of rent increases in on-campus accommodation, a West Cork student shares his own three-month struggle to find affordable accommodation …” (more)

[Philip Brennan, Southern Star, 19 March]

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New sabbatical officers condemn DCU’s rent increases

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2020 by steve

“The DCUSU elect have strongly criticised the recent decision taken by the DCU management to increase the cost of on-campus accommodation calling the decision disgraceful and unfair for the students they will represent. DCU aim to increase rents for its on-campus student accommodation by 4% next year, the maximum increase permitted under rent cap laws …” (more)

[Conor Breslin, The College View, 18 March]

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Students vacating Trinity-owned accommodation to be refunded – but private renters face uncertainty

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2020 by steve

“Studenrs who’ve been told to vacate their student accommodation at Trinity College Dublin will be refunded for the period they don’t actually stay there. That is according to university Provost Patrick Prendergast who yesterday responded to a set of queries by Sinn Féin’s Housing Spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin …” (more)

[Sean Murray, TheJournal.ie, 18 March]

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UCC students being used as ‘cash cows’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2020 by steve

“Councillors have accused UCC of using students as ‘cash cows’ and described plans to seek rent hikes in five of their campus-owned student accommodation block as ‘disgraceful and appalling.’ North Cork-based Cllr William O’Leary (FF), who raised a motion at a meeting of the local authority this week, called on the governing body of UCC to implement a fixed term rent freeze on the campus owned student accommodation …” (more)

[Kieran O’Mahony, The Southern Star, 17 March]

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At the Frontlines of the On-Campus Rent Wars

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2020 by steve

“At the beginning of the year, when the results of the general election began filtering in, the nation was in a state of shock. Back before we realised that the coronavirus was about to change the way we live our lives, at least for a period of time, many thought the event that would rock Irish society could be the formation of a left-wing government …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 14 March]

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Coronavirus: Trinity offer partial refund on accommodation as campus in lockdown

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2020 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin is offering a partial refund to students in college accommodation who return home. The university is encouraging all students, whether Irish or international, to go home, if it is possible to do so. Students have been advised that anyone who decides to vacate their accommodation permanently for the remainder of the term should write to the Accommodation Office, to let them know …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Mícheál Ó Scannáil, Independent, 13 March]

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Cork City Council voice opposition to UCC rent hikes

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“At a meeting of Cork City Council last night, two motions were passed expressing the council’s opposition to rent hikes in student accommodation operated by University College Cork (UCC). The first motion stated that Cork City Council would ‘write to the governing body of UCC to register our disagreement with the proposed rent increases in student accommodation …'” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 10 March]

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College Rents Have Become Toxic – and Universities Are Risking Their Reputations

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Talk of rent hikes in campus accommodation hit an all-time high this week. A whopping seven out of eight of Ireland’s universities have now announced that they will be raising prices by between three and four per cent, which is the maximum amount allowed by rent pressure-zone legislation. Predictably enough, students have shown their outrage by staging protests, sleep-outs and rallies …” (more)

[University Times, 9 March]

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Thousands of students apply for hardship funds to help pay for rising rents

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of students have applied for hardship funding from colleges amid a backdrop of unrest in universities over hikes to on-campus rents. Latest figures indicate that at least 14,000 students have applied for funding totalling €9 million from the Student Assistance Fund in the current academic year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Campus rent increases

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2020 by steve

IrelandSir, – An old aphorism states that if you show me your chequebook, then I will show you your priorities. In his recent opinion piece ‘Why should students living at home subsidise those living in campus accommodation?’ (Education, March 3rd), the provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Patrick Prendergast, argues that recent rent increases in a number of Irish universities are necessary, because student accommodation must pay for itself …” (more)

[Domhnall McGlacken-Byrne, Irish Times, 9 March]

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