When you sign a Unipol Tenancy you are contractually obliged to pay the rent in full for the contracted period. As a not for profit provider we try and maximise our occupancy to keep rents lower.
Never simply leave your room and hope that the issue of paying rent will go away: it won’t. Simply leaving your room means that Unipol cannot even try to let it, because it is still legally occupied by you and Unipol will always seek to recover monies owed in these circumstances.
If you want, or feel, you have to leave your accommodation there are some options open to you so you do not have to continue paying rent:
Under normal circumstances you will not be released from your contract even if you have given up your course and are leaving the City, so visit the information on 'Finding a replacement'.
It is never possible to release you from your contractual obligations in the final three months of your tenancy.
If you think you must leave your tenancy because you have been severely affected by a life event or a similar exceptional circumstance then you can make out your case to be released from your tenancy to the Tenancy Release Group
Terms of reference and membership here
Remember that neither Unipol nor the Group are obliged to release you from your tenancy and that the decision of the Tenancy Release Group, when made, is final.
It is recommended that you also follow the route of 'Finding a replacement', even if you intend to or do apply to the Tenancy Release Group - as you may find this option allows you to be released quicker that way.
The Tenancy Release Group comprises of experts in the field of student support, welfare or accommodation and they consider the cases submitted to them independently of Unipol staff. The Tenancy Release Group sets a regular meeting cycle to consider applications and meets every month at key times between October and August excepting December
The Tenancy Release Group has a set of criteria for considering cases:
Proof needs to be provided by a doctor or midwife letter which needs to give details of illness, disability or condition. Confirmation from the institution regarding the tenant leaving their course is also needed.
If you have signed a Joint Tenancy it is more difficult to release you from your contract because it affects other people. Be aware that if Unipol agree to release you this will depend on the consent of your co-tenants who must complete new tenancy agreements within a fixed period of time to allow you to be released. If they fail to do this then Unipol cannot release you.
All requests must be made by the tenant unless they are incapacitated in which case a representative is allowed. In this case an application can be made by a parent/guardian/spouse or a person holding a recognised Power of Attorney.
All requests must be in writing and addressed to:
The Tenancy Release Group
Unipol Student Homes
155-157 Woodhouse Lane
or by e-mail to Christina Rygalska at C.Rygalska@Unipol.org.uk
Tenants can attend the Group meeting to make any representations and they will be informed of the date the meeting at least 5 working days before the meeting. Tenants must confirm that they intend to attend the Group at least 3 full working days before the hearing, confirm any representatives they intend to bring and submit any additional written submissions for consideration by the Group, again 3 full working days before the hearing.
(January 2021 - currently all meetings are held virtually)
The Tenancy Release Group is not for arguing legal points but is for the purpose of deciding, on the evidence presented at the time, whether a tenant should be released from their tenancy agreement. No legal representatives (acting in that capacity) are allowed at the Group meetings to represent the tenant. Representatives of the tenant, subject to prior notification, as detailed above are allowed.
No observers or other parties shall be present at the meeting. If the tenant does not attend the meeting a decision will be made in the tenant’s absence.
For each request:
The tenant and their representatives will then be asked to leave the meeting. All deliberations are undertaken by the Group, in confidence, at the end of that hearing.
The Group is a decision-making body can take one of two decisions. They