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Lilian Knowles halls of residence

Lilian Knowles Rent Strike

One of many LSE halls of residence, Lilian Knowles House resides just five minutes' from Liverpool Street Station. Whilst it is recommended by LSE, and provided as an LSE halls of residence to students, it is managed and owned by Sanctuary Students. It oft

Sanctuary Strike Website(Opens in new tab)


Background

While LSE has released students in all other LSE residences from their contracts should that be the wish of the tenant, Sanctuary Students are refusing to allow students at Lilian Knowles to end their contracts early. Many students left London during March in order to be with their families during the coming weeks and months, and also lost livelihoods such as part-time jobs. However, despite no longer staying in the halls, they are still being forced to pay.
 
We think this is deeply unfair, and demand action from Sanctuary Students and LSE. Sanctuary should be following the lead of Universities and other accommodation providers (such as Unite and Urbanest) in releasing students from their contracts. 
 
We also believe that LSE has let students down. It is because of LSE’s nominations agreement with Sanctuary that these students are in these contracts to begin with – and while students in other LSE halls are free to leave their contracts, students at Lilian Knowles are stuck.


Outcome

The Sabbatical Officer team has written a letter to Sanctuary Students(Opens in a new tab) with concerns around rent payments for LSE students at Lillian Knowles.

The Sabbatical Officer team have written a letter to LSE Directorate(Opens in a new tab) with concerns related to Sanctuary Students and a call to support the students residing in those residences with refunds.

Zulum Elumogo (General Secretary 2018-2020) and David Gordon (Community and Welfare Officer 2019-20) have actively reached out to the LSE students part of the #SanctuaryStrike campaign, and joined forces to pressure both Sanctuary Students and LSE to help the current students in residence at Lilian Knowles.

The Sabbatical Officer team has put together guidance(Opens in a new tab) on participating in rent strikes.


Related articles

The campaign was originally started by Tama Knight, a postgraduate student at LSE, residing in Lilian Knowles. Below you can find a list of related articles to the Sanctuary Student Rent Strike.

The Independent - 'This is about survival': The students and tenants going on rent strike during coronavirus lockdown(Opens in a new tab) 4th May, 2020

The Guardian - 'It's scary': experiences of overseas students in the UK lockdown(Opens in a new tab) 1st May, 2020

The Beaver - LSESU calls for rents to end in postgraduate halls(Opens in a new tab) 21st April, 2020

The Times - Coronavirus: Students forced to keep paying for abandoned term-time flats(Opens in a new tab) 11th April, 2020

Metro - MP backs calls for student halls fees to be waived(Opens in a new tab) 11th April, 2020

Express & Star - Hundreds of students join rent strike in protest at summer-term halls fee(Opens in a new tab) 10th April, 2020


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