As your accommodation contracts come to an end, you must be aware of your rights regarding isolation which lasts beyond the ending of your contract.
As your accommodation contracts come to an end, you must be aware of your rights regarding isolation which lasts beyond the ending of your contract. The government guidance states that individuals should not move out before their self-isolation has ended and they have advised landlords to be as flexible as possible. Current government advice is to get a PCR test 3 days before you leave your housing.
What should I do?
• Inform your landlord/ letting agency/ or accommodation reception of your need to isolate.
• Do not allow your landlord to pressure you into leaving your housing before you finish your isolation period. If your landlord/ letting agency is attempting this, please contact the Student Union Advice Centre via email (email@example.com) or appointment https://www.cusu.org/advice/
• Be aware that some landlords may charge extra rent for the days that you stay in the property. For students facing unexpected financial hardship, the University has an Emergency Fund. In order to access this Hardship Fund, you will be required to provide clear documentary evidence of the unexpected circumstances throughout your application. For more information on the Emergency Hardship fund, please visit https://share.coventry.ac.uk/students/StudentFunding/Pages/EF-20-21.
• Do not allow your landlord to add additional charges for “Covid deep cleaning” following positive Coronavirus results. Page 77 of the Tenant Fees Act clearly states that landlords are unable to do this. If your landlord attempts to do this and you are unsure of how to proceed, please contact the Student Union Advice Centre.
• If your deposit is protected and your landlord attempts to deduct from your deposit as a result of these issues you can use the tenancy deposit scheme’s dispute process to challenge this.
It is also important that you take precautions to prevent yourself from catching Coronavirus: wear a face mask over your nose and mouth when appropriate; wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, and try to maintain social distancing at all times.