Sign the pledge to tell your students: Don’t Let through G4Lets!
A group of student tenants are attempting to gain the return of their tenancy deposit from the lettings agency G4Lets. The the students were forced to live in squalid conditions, the responsibility for which the local council’s Environmental Health Report placed firmly on the shoulders of the lettings agents. The tenants had to live in mice-infested, unsafe accommodation for a year, and then had £2000 illegitimately deducted from their deposit for these costs.

The Environmental Health Officer found ‘fire precaution issues, a mouse infestation, [and] poor decoration and disrepair’ that ‘represents an offence under the regulations’ during their inspection of the house. In addition to the Environmental Health Report, the tenants have also provided G4Lets with a ten-page document, including photographic evidence, of the state they inherited the property in, the problems that existed in it, their reporting of these problems, and the (far superior) state of cleanliness that they left it in at the end. In spite of this, G4Lets are yet to refund the withheld deposit.


The tenants were and are keen for other students to be made aware of the hazards of renting through G4Lets. Consequently, they have been working with a local Housing Union, Brighton Solidarity Federation, to inform the public about their mistreatment. In their own words, the poor quality of the accommodation they lived in ‘affected my mental health really badly throughout the time I was living there. I ended up with a really bad grade at the end of last year – I pretty much hit rock bottom’.

As lecturers and support staff at the Higher Education institutions in the city, we have a duty of care toward our students, and an obligation to ensure that they have the best overall conditions for their study. We recognise the detrimental impact that this housing situation has had on these student tenants, and are aware that they are not the only ones who have experienced substandard service from them.

We the undersigned support the student tenants, and pledge to inform our current and prospective students about these issues with G4Lets, and to advise them not to use their services until this situation is resolved.

We have flyers that you can give to your students! If you would like these, please send an email to housing@brightonsolfed.org.uk requesting this.

You can find further information about this situation here:

Watch the tenants explain the issues and the evidence in the Environmental Health Report here: https://vimeo.com/255415633

You can read one of the tenants' moving account of the affect on her studies here: http://www.brightonsolfed.org.uk/brighton/g4lets-campaign-covered-in-student-paper

http://www.brightonsolfed.org.uk/brighton/brighton-solidarity-federation-opens-a-dispute-with-g4lets

http://www.brightonsolfed.org.uk/brighton/g4lets-refuse-to-pay-up-brighton-solfeds-campaign-intensifies

https://thetab.com/uk/sussex/2017/11/29/students-fight-back-against-letting-agencies-23574


Signatories:

Garikoitz Gomez Alfaro
Tom Bunyard, University of Brighton
Prof Bob Brecher (Humanities)
Fearghus Roulston, Humanities
Dr Liam Connell, University of Brighton, Humanities
Ian Sinclair, University of Brighton, Humanities
Becca Searle, University of Brighton, Humanities
Gabriel Wulff, University of Brighton, Architecture and design
Tilo Amhoff, University of Brighton, Architecture and Design
Deanna Dadusc, University of Brighton, School of Applied Social Sciences
Dr Nick McGlynn, School of Environment & Technology
Lorenza Ippolito, University of Brighton, School of Media
Giovanni Marmont, University of Brighton, School of Architecture and Design
Sam Cutting, Humanities
Joel Nicholson-Roberts, Humanities
Tim Huzar, Humanities
Lars Cornelissen, Humanities
Dr Anthony Leaker, University of Brighton, Humanities
Prof. Graham Dawson, University of Brighton, School of Humanities
L Whitworth, University of Brighton, Humanities
Barbara Taylor, University of Brighton
Sirpa Kutilainen, University of Brighton, Humanities
Dr Cathy Bergin, University of Brighton, Humanities Programme
Anita Rupprecht, University of Brighton, School of Humanities
Debbie Hickmott, University of Brighton, Archives
Eugene Michail, University of Brighton, School of Humanities
Lisa Redlinski, University of Brighton, Information Services
Hannah Doherty, University of Brighton, Information Services
Dave Tait, University of Brighton, Academic Services
Chris Davies, University of Brighton, Information Services
Jose Guillermo Rebollido Pouso, University of Brighton, Estate and Facilities Management
Dr Paul Gilbert, University of Sussex, Anthropology & International Development
Luke Martell, University of Sussex, Sociology
Anne Massey, University of Brighton, Information Services
Sarah Ison, University of Brighton, Information Services
John Drury, University of Sussex, Psychology
Liam Hardy, University of Brighton, School of Environment and Technology
Azam Mullick, University of Brighton, Information Services
Fiona Yeoman, University of Brighton, Information Services
Dr James Harding, University of Brighton, School of English
Dr Andy Knott, University of Brighton, School of Humanities
Simon Wilkinson, University of Brighton, Humanities
Dr Jonathan Gilhooly, University of Brighton, School of Humanities
Dr Craig Jordan-Baker, University of Brighton, Humanities
Lucy Newby, University of Brighton, Humanities
Prof Emeritus Jonathan M Woodham, University of Brighton, Centre for Design History
Tom Hickey, University of Brighton, Humanities
Deborah Madden , University of Brighton, School of Humanities
Adam Phillips, University of Brighton, Humanities
Dr Stuart Cartland, University of Brighton, Humanities
Kasia Tomasiewicz, University of Brighton, Humanities
Jenna Allsopp, University of Brighton, School of Humanities
Anna Rajala, University of Brighton, Humanities
Timothy Johnson, University of Brighton, Print Services
Ross Adamson, university of brighton, humanities

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