Rent strike declared at SOAS halls

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At least 130 students at SOAS have pledged to withold rent from the company that runs their halls, Sanctuary Students, in protest over conditions at the two buildings and “mismanagement” of student complaints.

The campaign has released a list of demands including compensation of at least £800 per resident and a full review by Sanctuary of many of its procedures, including how it deals with student representation.

Although initially organised around a twitter campaign, #sancsucks, the calls for a strike have appeared to gain ground after residents at UCL halls won a £30,000 concession from university management over disruption. A “Residents’ Council”, co-ordinated by Welfare & Campaigns Co-President Georgie Robertson, has made representations on behalf of the students who have pledged their support.

Previously residents at the Sanctuary halls have reported cockroaches and rats, while claims have been made that staff took a lax and inappropriate attitude toward accessibility.

The campaign site contains instructions for making official complaints, guides to tenants’ rights at each building as well as details of the rent strike.

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