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  • Tue 09 Feb 2016 17:18


    Landlords are now required to check whether potential tenants have the right to rent in the UK. This legislation has only recently been introduced (1st February), so may not affect you until you’re next looking for a property. However, it is useful to know what documentation is required in advance.

    Gov.uk has information about how these checks work - you can find a list of acceptable documents (including a passport, or a driving licence accompanied by a birth certificate) on their website. Only the originals will be accepted. 

    If you go through this process, here are a few are some things to bear in mind:

    • In the same way you wouldn’t send money to a landlord before seeing their property, do not send your passport (or any other important document) to them either! Thankfully scams are fairly rare but they do happen, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
    • It is a landlord’s legal responsibility to carry out these checks - landlords who get it wrong can end up with a £3000 fine. However University halls are exempt.
    • All tenants should undergo these checks. So, even if you’ve lived in Britain all your life, it’s worth having the required documents ready when house hunting.
    • In theory the checks shouldn’t be too difficult, however some agents and landlords may add on a sneaky admin fee to ‘cover costs’. Make sure you find out all charges before signing a tenancy agreement (these could also include inventory fees and a charge for reference checking).
    • If you sublet your room then you will technically be acting as a landlord and therefore must check that the person you’re subletting to has the right to rent in the UK.
    • If you run into any problems or have any questions on your housing rights, get in touch with our Advice Service.


    Thanks to the University of London Housing Services for this guidance.

  • Sun 07 Feb 2016 15:51


    This Valentines Day, we’re running a prize draw for all LSE students. One lucky person will win their own Valentine’s Day hamper! There are also 20 free cupcakes for the runners-up. 

    Anyone with an account on LoyalZoo can enter, by placing your name in the box in the First Floor Cafe, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.

    Don’t have a LoyalZoo account? It takes 2 minutes to sign up and it’s free - plus your collected points can be redeemed at any SU food outlet. Sign up by downloading the app.

    The draw takes place on the 12th February. For more information, ask to speak to Tara Maguire at the First Floor Cafe, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre. 

  • Fri 05 Feb 2016 17:01

    The EGM will be held from 12-12.30pm on Monday 8th February in the 6th Floor Studio, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

    Proposer: Joshua (Chun Fung) Ip

    Seconder: Nadia Taiwo

    Opposition: none (to formally oppose this motion, please email su.democracy@lse.ac.uk)

    The Union Notes:

    • Following the ‘Earlier Exam Timetable Release’ Motion passed on the 27th November 2015 with 502 ‘Yes’ Votes and 1 ‘ No’ Vote, the LSE has been very slow in making a decision – a response to all students were given through email only on the 28th January 2016. [Took more than two months]
    • Majority of the LSE students want to appeal this decision about no earlier exam timetable this year (in email on the 28th January 2016 09:38am by Cheryl Edwardes, Deputy Head of Student Services)
    • Majority of the LSE students think the inconsistency in changing the school structure with approximately two weeks earlier examinations and only one day earlier exam timetable release is ridiculous, unacceptable and stupid.
    • Majority of LSE students feel that the Registry has not been performing its full potential ability to maximise students’ satisfactions.
    • Many members of staff are also frustrated with the decision made in the email by Cheryl Edwardes, Deputy Head of Student Services.
    • The LSE Registry has failed in AY2013/14, AY2014/15 to deliver exam timetable on time.

    The Union Believes:

    • There should be no excuse in not being able to publish exam timetable at least two weeks earlier. The decision is causing distress across campus. It is costing LSE’s students’ satisfaction.
    • The Registry Team should work over-time to achieve students’ demand for an earlier exam timetable release this year.
    • Publishing exam timetable earlier this year is possible.
    • Publishing exam timetable earlier this year should and must happen.
    • The Registry should prioritise this task before anything else.
    • The Registry Team should work at least two extra hours every day just on solving exam timetable for this academic year.

    The Union Resolves:

    • Emergency meetings with Paul Kelly, Head of Registry, Deputy Head of Registry within five term dates of this motion being passed to have exam timetable earlier this year.
    • Emergency meeting with Craig Calhoun to ensure this motion is taken seriously and enforce Paul Kelly and the Registry Team to work to their full maximise potential in solving this issue.
    • All these meetings above, the SU should try to have General Secretary, Education Officer, Community and Welfare Officer and the Postgraduate Officer there. But do prioritise the urgency over having the full set of members.
    • Condemn the LSE for the lack of consistency in changing school structure and no change in exam timetable release.
    • Condemn the LSE Registry and Paul Kelly for their incompetence to solve this problem given the amount of time taken.
    • The General Secretary Nona Buckley-Irvine and the Education Officer Jon-Rhys Foster to update all students as to the process of what is being done, waiting to be done and what the situation is. The suggested way to do this is via a weekly email.
    • All students should be emailed weekly on an update with a set of bullet points summarising by the SU with the process, not a hyperlink.
    • To lobby for LSE to make exam timetable release EARLIER - that is by Week 7 in Lent term of AY 2015/2016.


    Notes:

    ‘This year’ refers to AY2015/16