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Information for students who stayed at an unlicensed UNITE block

Click here to read the judgment of the London Property Tribunal, made against Unite on 11th May 2023

Here's Unite's appeal in that case, dismissed 12/02/2024

We list below the UNITE properties that we believe have not yet been licensed, or only licensed in the last 12 months, where students may apply for up to 12 months rent to be repaid:

Liverpool:
There are thousands of students who can Get Rent Back in Liverpool!

Any student who lived in any accommodation (so studio or shared flat) in the following properties in the academic year 2022 to 2023:

Arrad House, Atlantic Point, Cambridge Court, Cedar House, Grand Central, Horizon Heights, Lennon Studios, Moorfield, Prospect Point & St Luke's View

If you stayed at one of the above in 22-23, you can apply to JOIN THIS CLASS ACTION HERE to Get a whole year's Rent Back.

Update on Liverpool:
Unite have admitted to not licensing all of the above properties in time: they applied for licences in June last year, more than a year late. This means occupants of those properties before June 2023 can apply for a RRO for up to 12 months rent for any period before June 2023.
We have lodged applications at the Tribunal for Lennon Studios and Horizon Heights, the latter will have a hearing in April 2024: see the Tribunal's DIRECTIONS

This Liverpool block was not licensed when it caught fire in 2019:
Unite fire at Horizon Heights 2019

Coventry:

The deadline to apply for a Rent Repayment Order (RRO) at Queens Park House has passed: we cannot accept any further applications.

UNITE has admitted not licensing the property even though it received a letter from Coventry Council well over a year before it eventually applied. Submissions from UNITE show that their Electrical Safety certificate was marked "unsatisfactory": the council insisted on remedial works as part of the licensing process to ensure that the 464 students in the building were safe. The Portable Appliance Testing was also found to be out of date at the time of application. Why had Unite ignored these works?

An excellent example of how licensing can help to ensure tenants' safety.

London:
Years 21-22 & 22-23: Julian Markham House, Sidney Webb House, Wellington Lodge, Quantum Court, Ewan Henderson Court

ONLY for the year ending June to September 2022: Emily Bowes Court, North Lodge, Station Court....deadline for application has now passed!

Unite's appeal of the North Lodge case was dismissed on 12th February 2024. The judgment above was maintained: see our blog here for a link and discussion

All subsequent North Lodge, Emily Bowes and Station Park cases were stayed pending this appeal. We have written to the Tribunal to remove the stay on all these cases and the Tribunal is currently considering whether to proceed with all these cases under the "lead case" rule. The Lead Case approach means that just one (or two) cases are heard first and the decision then applies to all cases. As things stand, all Emily Bowes Court cases are running under the lead case of flat B403. If the later North Lodge cases and the Station Court case are brought under this one lead case as well then there will be no separate hearing for them. UNITE has objected to the use of the lead case rule for North Lodge and Station Court. Decision pending...

Oxford:
Dorset House (claim period only 14/9/22 to 9/12/22) , Parade Green (claim period only 21/10/22 to 9/12/22). Directions have been issued. The deadline to apply has passed so no new applications can be made.

HOW TO APPLY

As a first step, please complete this form:

https://forms.gle/r2oZWtMwmyGrHt2GA

 

UPDATES

Watch here for any news on the UNITE RRO applications!

Update 09/04/2024

LONDON: the London Tribunal is now insisting on a Case Management Conference (CMC) to decide how to proceed with all the cases stayed pending the North Lodge 2020-21 appeal (dismissed back in February)

We will represent all the London Applicants at that conference and request that the cases proceed as soon as possible & in the most efficient manner.

COVENTRY: Unbelievable. After writing about 2 weeks ago to say that the delayed decision, from the hearing on 19th of January, would be produced in a "couple of weeks", they have written today to say it will be a further 5 weeks before the judgment is handed down! Further directions will be issued for the pending new cases for Queens Park House...we don't know when...
This is an exceptionally long delay in producing a judgment: the longest we have come across.

Update 03/04/2024

UNITE has decided not to further appeal the first North Lodge cases and agreed to pay the awards: the Applicants are awaiting payment :-)

All subsequent North Lodge, Emily Bowes and Station Park cases were stayed pending the earlier appeal. We have written to the Tribunal to remove the stay on all these cases and the Tribunal is currently considering whether to proceed with all these cases under the "lead case" rule. The Lead Case approach means that just one (or two) cases are heard first and the decision then applies to all cases. As things stand, all Emily Bowes Court cases are running under the lead case of flat B403. If the later North Lodge cases and the Station Court case are brought under this one lead case as well then there will be no separate hearing for them. UNITE has objected to the use of the lead case rule for North Lodge and Station Court. Decision pending...

Update 03/04/2024
LIVERPOOL: Beware of this company that is targeting Liverpool Students: HMO Enforcement Team. Please see our blog here: https://getrentback.org/blog/2024/04/03/301/

COVENTRY: Still no decision. The Tribunal wrote yesterday that the judge apologises for the delay and that the decision will be handed down "in the next couple of weeks"

Update 15/02/2024

Upper Tribunal dismisses Unite's appeal in the North Lodge cases from 2020-21. Get the link and read our blog here

Flat Justice has written to Liverpool Student Homes (LSH): we want to understand why a Liverpool student housing advice service was advertising Unite's unlicensed properties. You can read our letter here

Update 18/09/2023

FtT has now stayed the Emily Bowes Court B403 case, due to be heard next month, along with the Station Court case, pending the UT appeal hearing for the North Lodge cases: 601 & 201.

You can read the Tribunal's decision here. Our resistance to the application to stay can be found here.


Update 06/09/2023:

We wrote round to Applicants on 06/09/2023 with the following information message:

update email re Unite appeal and stays

 

Is this all too good to be true?

We get a lot of students asking this and it's right to be skeptical nowadays with so many scams around. So we provide lots of information and official documents here to re-assure you: you really can get your rent back from UNITE!

Still skeptical- give us a ring on the number provided on our contacts page. Yes, you can talk to us! But preferably at reasonable hours please.

 





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