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A students' guide to decent digs; Unis give backing to council scheme.


COVENTRY'S universities are backing a scheme to draw up a list of trustworthy landlords to help students and others find good rented accommodation.

The city council is working with landlords and staff from both Coventry University and Warwick University to thrash out the details of an accreditation scheme.

The aim is to assure would-be tenants that their rented home is safe and well-maintained and that their landlord is a responsible person.

The scheme should be up and running next year, once the standards required for accreditation have been agreed.

The council has welcomed the backing of the universities, saying students were a key group of people who rent property in the city.

Cllr Tom White said: "Horror stories about student accommodation are thankfully few these days.

"The fact that the city's universities are backing our bid to get a landlord accreditation scheme up and running is great news for every student who may choose Coventry as a study base."

More than 200 private landlords are interested in signing up to the scheme, which will allow them to advertise their property as being accredited.

The council's new landlord accreditation officer, Mike Campbell, is organising a landlord's forum in February to announce the broad outline of the scheme. Discussions will take place to determine the details of the scheme.

David Whitlock, assistant director of residencies and accommodation at Coventry University, said: "Any scheme which improves the safety and quality of rented accommodation in the city is to be welcomed."

Matthew Scott, accommodation manager at Warwick University, said: "The scheme will benefit a lot of our students as they approach their second and third years of study at the university.."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Dec 17, 2001
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