Member Stories Rhianna Abrey 25/07/2022

"Me and my husband have worked really hard for the last 20 years - I do this for my pension and my later years" Lyn's story

Lyn is a student landlord based in Southampton. She owns 3 properties with her husband and has been a landlord for almost 20 years.

Lyn loves being a landlord and providing extra support to students and their families when they move into one of her properties. She takes this approach as she is very aware that moving away from home can be a daunting process for many young people.

Lyn got in contact with the NRLA to express her view on the recently published White Paper. In particular on how proposed changes to student lets and periodic tenancies will affect students’ experiences at university and HMOs in general.

She said, “I am tired of seeing landlords being continuously bashed in the media and by the Government. Most landlords are great landlords. They get the job done and they do it well.

“Removing the option of having fixed term tenancies for students is the wrong way forward as these contracts do not work in the same way as other lets in the sector.

“Students usually sign a one-year tenancy due to house moves at the end of each academic year.  Getting rid of fixed term tenancies for students will cause a great deal of uncertainty and security throughout their contract.

“In my view, I’m a good landlord and I’m really disappointed to see that the government cannot recognise or understand the student market. I believe their proposed changes could cause the student lets system to collapse.”

If you are a student landlord and would like to share their views regarding the White Paper, then please get in touch with our press team at [email protected].