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Rent strikers beat ‘back door fees hike’

by Alistair Farrow
Issue No. 2509

A rent strike at University College London (UCL) has forced management to reduce their sky-high rents.

Students at three halls of residence owned by UCL have been refusing to pay the extortionate rents.

In some cases students have to pay as much as £1,200 per month.

The victory means that the university is cutting £200,000 from the rents of students living in halls for next academic year and £500,000 from rents in the academic year starting in 2017.

Rent striker Claude told Socialist Worker, “They’re funding new university buildings with the rent. It’s effectively a back door tuition fees increase.

“It’s a result of the marketisation of education. The central government is forcing universities to become financially independent.

“It’s a victory for next year’s students. Rent is still extortionate but it’s a step in the right direction.”

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Tue 21 Jun 2016, 16:01 BST
Issue No. 2509
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