I will use my experience to lobby the university and the council to provide more housing for students to rent in the city making sure it is affordable, good quality and accessible. I will set up a Students Union Housing Committee to help students make compensation claims for on campus accommodation as well as educate students about their rights as renters and advise them on dealing with landlords and letting agents. I also would like to use the Rate Your Landlord survey to put pressure on letting agents and landlords to provide better quality housing.
I want to collaborate with the council to make sure that every renter in Brighton can contribute to the survey in order to come up with a city-wide ranking system for letting agents. I want to ensure that every student understands their rights and responsibilities as renters by making this information available through the Student Union website, as well as working with Brighton Solidarity Federation to provide Know Your Rights as a Renter workshops.
I will lobby the University to commit to providing all new students with accommodation so that no student has to live in a hotel. I will also work with Sussex Student Lettings to increase the amount of housing that they can offer to students ensuring affordable rent, no agency fees and a good relationship with landlords and ensure that every student is aware of the new guarantor scheme. Support students who are interested in living in Cooperative housing!