If you do need to cancel your agreement…
Up to and including 45 days before the start of your tenancy
You can cancel at any time during this period, but there will be a reasonable administration charge.
During the last 45 days before the start of your tenancy – you will only be able to cancel this agreement if a suitable replacement tenant is found to take your place. Either you can find a suitable replacement tenant yourself, or we can find one for you. However, if it is left to us, we will only do this after all our other rooms have been left. In either case, there will be a reasonable administration charge.
Note: If no replacement tenant is found, you will be responsible for payment of the rent in full, even if you do not move into the property.
Within 45 days of your contract start date
We will only be able to cancel your contract with us within the last 45 days before the contract start date in exceptional circumstances.
Please let us know as soon as possible if you decide to cancel the agreement. Any written cancellations and refunds will need to be made to your on-site team. Refunds are normally processed within 14 working days.
We may withdraw an offer of accommodation or cancel a contract if you have any outstanding fees from a previous stay with us.
We understand that sometimes things change and you may wish to leave your accommodation and be released early from your contract.
Your agreement with us is a legally binding contract that covers a set period of time so we have set criteria of exceptional circumstances that will need to be met before we agree to release you from your contract. If you have been severely affected by a life event or a similar exceptional circumstance, you can submit a release request to the Release Review Panel.
Contract release process
There are certain grounds that we may consider releasing you early from your contract. We have a Release Review Panel that meets on the last working day of every month and reviews all open requests. All requests must be supplemented with relevant evidence which must be with the panel for review five working days before the review meeting.
The Release Review Panel will only consider releasing you from your contract under special circumstances which include:
- Death of a tenant/licensee. The contract would cease on the date of death. A death certificate would be needed to grant the deed of release. Next of Kin are able to sign any relevant paperwork.
- Tenant/licensee involved in a serious incident which results in the tenant/licensee being seriously ill. Proof would be required in the form of a doctor’s letter or an accredited medical practitioner. Next of Kin would be allowed to sign any relevant paperwork.
- Illness of a tenant/licensee, or those presenting with a disability, which necessitates the tenant/licensee leaving their University course and leaving their accommodation to undergo a course of treatment. Proof needs to be provided by a doctor that confirms details of illness, disability, or condition. Confirmation from the institution regarding the tenant/licensee leaving their course is also required.
- Illness/death of immediate next of kin, where there is no one else in the family able to look after that family member or other dependents (with siblings needing to be under 18 years of age) and which results in the tenant/licensee having to leave their course. Proof would be provided by a doctor’s letter which provides details of illness. Confirmation from the institution regarding the tenant/licensee leaving their course is also needed. In the case of death, a death certificate would be required.
- A genuinely exceptional circumstance has occurred.
Gathering your evidence
Each request will require sufficient evidence and must contain:
- Your full name
- Full student accommodation address at which you are the tenant/licensee
- A correspondence address if different from the contracted address
- Contact telephone number
- University, university course, and year of study
- Reasons for wanting to be released from the contract, taking into consideration the criteria explained above
- Any supporting evidence from doctors, the University, or other professional parties able to verify your case
- Any further information including for example if their room is being advertised for reletting on a website, if they are still living in the accommodation, if they have removed their belongings, returned their keys.
- The evidence must be submitted to the property mailbox.
Release Review Panel
The Release Review Panel ensures a consistent approach to contract release requests and consists of:
- A Regional Manager
- relevant Operations/City Manager (chairing on rotation)
- a Finance representative
- an independent Business Attendee.
You will be notified of the panel’s decision within five working days of the Release Review Panel meeting. The panel’s decision is final and there is no process for appeal.
Do You Need Guarantor?
Without a UK rental guarantor, most landlords and agents will require you to pay the full year’s rent upfront. We have partnered with Housing Hand who can provide you with a certificate of rental guarantee.
However, there some of our student accommodation do not need a UK based guarantor in order for students to pay their rent in instalments, to know more kindly get in touch with our team and we will be happy to assist you with these properties.
* Please note that additional charges apply for this service.