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2nd Jul, 2022

Residents urged to raise student housing concerns with officer

PEOPLE with concerns about student accommodation are being encouraged to contact the local housing enforcement officer.

The University of Warwick and Warwick District Council are asking residents, neighbours and tenants to come forward with any concerns and speak officer Rebecca Frazer, whose role it is to ensure communities in the district lead a happy co-existence and student homes are safe and well managed.

Members of South Leamington Area Residents (SoLar) worked with the university and district council to introduce and shape the role.

Spokeswoman Meg Bond said: “As the academic year begins, many students are moving into rented properties in Leamington. Some will discover problems and their neighbours may become concerned about issues such as poor waste management or late night noise. Rebecca acts as a first point of contact for tenants and neighbours to report their concerns about student rented accommodation.

“With some successful interventions already under her belt, she is ready to investigate reports, refer them to the appropriate department and offer helpful guidance, so do contact her.”

And the officer says she is looking forward to supporting the community.

Rebecca told the Observer: “The district council and Warwick University have been listening to tenants’ and other residents’ feedback about student housing and some of the issues they face. It’s helped us to identify areas for some proactive inspections and offer more support with housing-related issues.

“I’m always happy to speak with student tenants, neighbours or landlords to discuss areas of concern in regard to rented properties.”

Email rebecca.frazer@warwickdc.gov.uk to get in touch.

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