Rejected petition Cancel all University rent during the Covid-19 pandemic

Due to the current unprecedented situation at the moment regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, University students across the UK should be able to stop paying rent for the rest of the academic year.

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Across the UK, University students have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and have moved home due to Universities terms cut short. Therefore, leaving student housing and halls of residence empty for the rest of the year, yet still having to pay rent on a property that lies empty. Please help students across the country in a time like this where our jobs have been cut and parents impacted who may be supporting us.

This petition was rejected

Why was this petition rejected?

It’s about something that the UK Government or Parliament is not directly responsible for.

Suspending payments or providing refunds for tuition fees and rent are a matter for individual universities and landlords, and not the UK Government or Parliament.

If you want the Government to refund university rent and tuition fees due to coronavirus, you may wish to sign this petition:

If you want the Government to encourage lenders, landlords and utilities to freeze payments during lockdown, you may wish to sign this petition:

If you have concerns about your university's arrangements for teaching and assessment you should raise these with your university or the Office for Students, which regulates the higher education sector.

We understand that the current situation is stressful for many people. Student Minds, a mental health charity for students, is collating guidance and developing resources to support students experiencing stress as a result of the current situation, which you may find useful:

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