V-cs reject licensing for student residences

July 9, 1999

* Vice-chancellors rejected proposals to license student houses for multi-occupation on the grounds of the "unnecessary costs" to the sector and students.

The move comes as a response to a Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions consultation paper on houses in multiple occupation. A Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals spokesperson said: "Much of our accommodation is let to conferences and the tourist trade and is already regulated and fire certificated. We believe that we are good landlords with a good safety record." The National Union of Students welcomed the licensing plan.

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