Asquith House Suspended from National Code
Urban Student Life who manage buildings in Leeds (Asquith House), Canterbury, Chester, Leicester, Leeds, Liverpool and Nottingham have been suspended from the National Codes.
A complaint was made by a representative of a student about the late opening of Asquith House in 2015 and the subsequent management of the situation by Urban Student Life, which led the Tribunal of the National Codes to take the decision to suspend them from the Code for a period of 12 months. The Tribunal concluded that before Urban Student Life could be re-admitted to the Code, all of their buildings would need to be inspected.
The National Codes offer students extra protection and higher standards in their accommodation, and all formal complaints about breaches of the Code are investigated. Unipol, the NUS, and universities and student unions in Leeds all that students only rent purpose built accommodation that is covered by one of the National Codes.
To see the full notes from the Tribunal, visit the National Codes website.
After the decision was taken to suspend Urban Student Life, Unipol was informed on (Friday 2nd September 2016) by the management that Asquith House has been ordered closed by the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service with immediate effect, and that remedial works are required before it can be re-opened.
All affected students who have signed tenancy agreements at Asquith House have been written to about this and USL have offered to release all students from their tenancy agreement with immediate effect. Urban Student Life have provided affected tenants with information about finding alternative accommodation, including contacting Unipol Student Homes who can offer support.
If these students require alternative accommodation, the letter will have detailed some options, including contacting Unipol Student Homes or their university accommodation office or student union for help. There is still accommodation available in Leeds, so students are advised not to panic but to search on the Unipol website and contact landlords with adverts online.