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    Student accommodation. Landlord asking tenants to remove their belongings.

    (Private landlord, not student hall or HMO.) The students have all gone home from Leeds. (One student to Wales, the other to Buckinghamshire and the third to her family home in Spain.) None of them can travel. Coach travel is impossible. Train travel too expensive and limited. The three students have another house for the next academic year but can't move any of their things yet. Their current landlord must be aware of the ongoing situation. Will they be required to pay another couple of months rent to stop his asking repeatedly? They can't do anything. Any advice gratefully received.

    You are student-tenant, agent, solicitor, landlord, Leeds university housing officer - or perhaps Dominic cummings looking for another Leeds bolt-hole, please?

    Advice? Wait until things are freed up. Until then, force majeur..
    I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...


      I'm the parent of a Leeds Uni student - trying to make sense of this and offer support. No idea how to proceed. Feels unfair given the UK's difficulty.


        I think it's a case of negotiating with the landlord. Perhaps the cheapest solution is to pack everything up and put it all in a storage unit near the uni. Moving house is allowed as are essential journeys.


          Thanks Jon66. Four hundred miles away from the Uni so not the easy option. Good advice, we'll try to talk to the landlord. Seems a bit unreasonable given the times.


            Be prepared to have to pay for the transportation and storage costs


              The students chose to move home, this problem is a fairly foreseeable consequence of their decision.
              What did they think was going to happen to their stuff.

              The landlord should probably decline to move the tenant's possessions - I wouldn't for example.
              The risk of being accused of taking or breaking something is unacceptable, and have you ever seen the state of a student room during term time?
              You'd need PPE.
              When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
              Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).


                They all went home leaving their possessions behind - so yes, they should be paying the landlord rent. If they have also left the place like a tip they can expect to pay for cleaning. If the landlord can not relet the property because their possessions are there then of course they owe rent and I'm surprised you even need to ask.


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