University of Nottingham students sought the support of the Students’ Union Advice team regarding their landlord’s behaviour and housing issues that impacted their welfare, security and studies.
Seven students lived in a property on Wollaton Hall Drive and were experiencing issues with their landlord who had failed to protect their security deposits, manage the property appropriately and acted aggressively towards them.
The Students’ Union Advice team supported the students in challenging the landlord and ensuring the return of their deposits. A complaint to Nottingham City Council`s Safer Housing team led to an investigation into the landlord, Mr Rehaan Ul-Haq Rashid of Kilburn Close in Bramcote. SU Advice worked in partnership with the students and Trading Standards and Housing Licensing and Compliance teams, resulting in a prosecution.
When visiting the property, the Housing, Licensing and Compliance team found that the property was over-occupied and that there were several issues regarding disrepair, including potential safety issues, and the overall management was failing.
Following the investigation, the landlord, Mr Rashid, was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday 6 July 2018 and fined a total of £3,300 for the Housing Act offences. For the CPR (Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations) offences, he received a four month custodial sentence suspended for two years, and was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work. The four female student tenants subjected to Mr Rashid’s behaviour were each awarded the return of their rent as compensation.
The Students’ Union Advice team said: ‘We are happy to have worked in partnership with Nottingham City Council to ensure that cases like this are taken seriously and students get the outcome that is fair and just. This is what our Advice service is for and if any University of Nottingham student is experiencing problems with their landlords, we are here to help.’
If you want to talk to the SU Advice team about any housing issues please call 0115 846 8730 or email SUAdvice@nottingham.ac.uk