Students: Rents

Department for Education written question – answered on 3rd October 2019.

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Photo of Lord Beecham Lord Beecham Shadow Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow Spokesperson (Housing)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the rents levied by developers of student accommodation.

Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

An error has been identified in the written answer given on 09 September 2019.

The correct answer should have been:

It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.

Higher education providers are autonomous bodies, independent from the government. The department plays no direct role in the provision of student residential accommodation.

The department assesses student accommodation rent levels through the Student Income and Expenditure Surveys that have been undertaken at regular intervals since the mid-1980s. Information on student rents is also reported in the Accommodation Costs Surveys published jointly by the National Union of Students and the student housing charity, Unipol.

The report published by the independent panel supporting the Post-18 Review of Education and Funding recommends that the Office for Students:

examines the costs of student accommodation; and

works with students and providers to improve data about costs, rents, profits and quality.

The department has not yet taken decisions on these recommendations but will consider the panel’s proposals in due course.

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Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.

Higher education providers are autonomous bodies, independent from the government. The department plays no direct role in the provision of student residential accommodation.

The department assesses student accommodation rent levels through the Student Income and Expenditure Surveys that have been undertaken at regular intervals since the mid-1980s. Information on student rents is also reported in the Accommodation Costs Surveys published jointly by the National Union of Students and the student housing charity, Unipol.

The report published by the independent panel supporting the Post-18 Review of Education and Funding recommends that the Office for Students:

examines the costs of student accommodation; and

works with students and providers to improve data about costs, rents, profits and quality.

The department has not yet taken decisions on these recommendations but will consider the panel’s proposals in due course.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No0 people think not

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