The University of West London has announced it will take over the leases and third-term rent for students in its halls of residence at the West London campus. Paragon student lets are managed by charity Housing Association Notting Hill/Genesis. The students’ rent for the summer term was due on Wednesday. With many students having returned home and others unable to return due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the looming rent payment has been a source of anxiety.
Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford & Isleworth, welcomed the decision by the university and criticised the Housing Association for not doing more to help the students.
‘I know how worried students at Paragon have been about the demands for rent … So when students contacted me I urgently wrote to the CEO of Notting Hill Genesis to ask for urgent protections for students at Paragon. With many having returned home, and having lost their jobs that help them pay their rent, it is simply unfair to make students pay when they are not able to stay here, and which they cannot now afford.
‘I’m sorry that NHG/Genesis weren’t able to support the students in the way that other student accommodation providers have done at this time. However I’m very pleased that the University of West London have stepped in and offered to cover the leases for UWL students livings at Paragon. This is the right step and I know this will provide relief for UWL students’.