Shields Student Homes Suspended from the Unipol Code
The Chair of the Code Tribunal has suspended Shields Student Homes from membership of the Unipol Code pending a full Tribunal hearing which will take place soon. They are no longer an accredited supplier.
The decision to suspend membership has been taken because:
six students have not received their deposits back at the end of their tenancies
the students report that these deposits were not protected under one of the recognised Deposit Protection Schemes
Unipol contacted Mr Mohammed Shafiq to respond to these issues at the end of November 2016 and despite a seven day warning issued on 9th January 2017, nothing has been heard.
The suspension is therefore taking place because Shields Student Homes are in breach of Clause 7.00 “Deposits are administered efficiently and reasonably by the owner or nominee sand are not withheld for any purpose other than for which they were levied” and Clause 7.01 “where a landlord/agent has established an Assured Shorthold Tenancy, they must ensure that any deposit is held in accordance with the tenancy deposit scheme legislation, set out in the Housing Act 2004, and in accordance with regulations made both under the Act and by the relevant scheme operator.”
Because of the lack of clarity about whether the deposits have been protected, Unipol will be supporting the complainants in taking legal action against Shields Student Homes to seek recompense if you they have failed to fulfil your legal obligations in respect of deposit protection.
Unipol would like to know of any other students who may have been tenants of Shields Student Homes who have failed to receive their deposits back and where they can find no record of their deposit as having been protected under an authorised scheme. Unipol can be contacted on SDavies@unipol.org.uk
If students or landlords have any questions relating to this they can email Unipol or use the Web Chat facility.