What are we doing to keep you safe in our accommodation?

We are asking all tenants to;

  • Respect other tenants and staff
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Self isolate if you or your housemates have symptoms and report it to Unipol here
  • Use hand sanitiser on entry to our large buildings
  • Keep a social distance to other households

Covid-19 F.A.Q's

Is it OK to move in to new shared accommodation with other people?

Where students are moving permanently into new shared accommodation e.g. a shared flat, house in multiple occupation or student residence, this will become the place where you are now living. Students who live in shared accommodation should continue to follow the relevant rules and guidance on meeting people from outside of your household.

What if there is a local lockdown?

If a local lockdown were to come into effect, we do not expect that this would prevent anyone from moving into their new property. Local lockdown's introduced in certain areas, relate to not having guests visit indoors or in gardens, and not meeting individuals outside your household at restaurants or bars. Socialising has to be done in outdoor spaces. So the emphasis is on limiting social interactions between different households.

Property moves are unlikely to be affected and still permitted (as they were during the much stricter lockdown). Visit here to find out more guidance on local lockdowns 

What is my new household?

You are coming together from different households to form a new shared household. For the purposes of government guidelines on staying Covid safe, your flat will be your new household

Visits to your flats for repairs, viewings & inspections

It is in the best interests of both tenants and landlords to ensure that properties are kept in good repair and free from hazards. Tenants should let their Unipol know early if there is a problem and we will take the appropriate action.

Government guidance on working safely in people’s homes has been published and this is used by Unipol staff and contractors when carrying out inspections, repairs or viewings

Cleaning inside your flat or house

It is tenants responsibility to clean inside your flat or house, now more than ever. In our larger developments, we recommend that you use the handy fridge rota to draw up a schedule within your household, so you can share out the responsibility for keeping a safe and pleasant environment for everyone. 

Inviting visitors to your flat or home

It is important that you abide by the current government guidelines and be respectful of everyone else within your household.  Where possible, we encourage you to socialise outside the building with anyone who is not in your household to reduce the risk within your household.  Where possible, limit the number of non residents you invite in to the building. Please be aware that local restrictions may change or apply.

Visit our Tenancy Support pages for more information on how to deal with disputes over your housemates behaviour or others around you

Confused? - Find out current guidance on socialising

The guidance and legislation is moving rapidly making it difficult to understand what you can and can't do in respect to socialising. We are trying to keep tenants informed about how they can socialise in Leeds, Bradford and Nottingham here

If your household needs to self isolate?

 Find out what to do if you have symptoms or need to self isolate

International Student arrivals

Special information for international students arriving in to the UK

In our large developments we have; 

  • Carried out a risk assessment
  • Installed hand sanitiser on entry/exit
  • Implemented a staggered arrival/key collection
  • Increased regular communal cleaning  
  • Displayed clear messaging about keeping Covid safe
  • Installed screens on receptions for the safety of staff and residents
  • Lifts to only be used by 1 household at a time
  • Cleaning stations in shared areas like the gyms, practise rooms

You can watch a short film about all the steps we have taken to make your development safe

Staggered arrivals

It is important that we stagger the number of tenants moving into our larger buildings in order to adhere to social distancing guidance. This is for your safety and the safety of all other tenants and our staff. Due to the current situation we are operating key collection on an appointment only basis.

Can my parents drop me off?

We ask that only the student and their immediate household travel to the site to limit the numbers of extra people visiting the building at this time. It is important to be considerate to the other tenants who will be moving in after you. If you have visitors helping you move, please try to limit their time and movement around the building over this period. 

Can my family or friends stay the night?

If you have visitors helping you move, please limit their time and movement around the building over this period. If they wish to stay longer as you move in, we ask that they book to stay in a local hotel and not stay in the building. With new legislation (6 people indoors in a household at a time), a visitor staying overnight could easily take numbers higher than this and make it difficult for other tenants to move in. 

First to arrive - keep it clean

Due to staggered arrivals in to the building, it is important that those arriving first and moving in look after the shared areas in the flat - areas like the kitchen, lounge and bathrooms. All tenants arriving should be welcomed in to a clean and tidy household when they move in

Using the shared areas of the building

You should maintain a social distance from other tenants who are not in your household in a larger building with shared areas. Certain areas like the gym, music practise rooms have limited capacity and you should follow the instructions on using these areas

Find out more

General Unipol advice for students 

Please read our blog on Unipol's response to Covid-19

Current advice from the National Code

Read more here

Current Government Guidance

Get the most up to date information on what you can and cant do here

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