By Michael Wilson – News Editor
Landlords from the local area gathered at the Students’ Union last week for the first Landlord Forum of this academic year.
13 accommodation providers were represented at the event, on the 21st October, which was set up back in January this year to allow providers and the SU to share concerns and support each other in helping students secure suitable accommodation. This follows off the back of the recent work by Students’
Union Campaigns Officer Lucy Haigh on the accommodation charter, with which the SU aims to gain feedback about the main issues students have when seeking and work on it across the year. The feedback will also be placed into workshop sessions across the week of the housing fair.
Phoebe Dearden, a student at UCLan, spoke to the providers at the fair and illustrated her experiences whilst living in student accommodation and suggested what UCLan, UCLan SU and accommodation providers could do to improve housing for students. Another key point which came out of the forum was how providers can better work with support and welfare services at the university, and better signpost students. ‘It was great to see such an increase in the amount of student accommodation providers that attended and we had some fantastic discussions around student responsibilities whilst being a tenant”, said Lucy Haigh, “It’s important we work with landlords to have a continuous dialogue with them around the campaigns we run and to improve student accommodation for everyone. We got some very constructive feedback which will inform the charter for next year.”
The Housing Fair is coming up on Thursday 26th November in the Atrium, Students’ Union at 11am-4pm. Free event. All welcome. Prizes available.