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You stayed at a UNITE block? You want to Get your Rent Back?

Is this 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. Otherwise, read on...

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 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:

We have a case running against UNITE for their Queens Park House property in Coventry. The hearing was on 19th January 2024 and a decision is due in February 2024...we will post it here as soon as we receive it.

Here are the Directions for that case. If you would like to have a copy of the evidence bundles for this case, please email us here.

Queens Park House is inside Coventry's Additional licensing scheme area: this means all smaller Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) need licensing. QPH has mostly "cluster flats", so flats where at least the kitchen is shared between 3 or more flatmates from more than one household/family.

STUDIOS ARE NOT LICENSABLE: you cannot get your rent back for these, only for shared flats.

If you shared a flat in QPH in 2022-2023 then you can Get Rent Back by joining this class action here: https://forms.gle/r2oZWtMwmyGrHt2GA

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 have been stayed pending this appeal.

Newcastle:
Magnet Court
We have a case currently proceeding against Unite at this property: the hearing should be in February or March 2024.The DIRECTIONS from the Tribunal are here

Nottingham:
STUDIOS ONLY in: Curzon House, Riverside Point, St Peter's Court, (Morriss House is also licensable but yet to be occupied)

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.

If you have stayed at any of these properties in the last 12 months it is very likely that you will be able to get your rent back!

 

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 15/02/2023

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





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