iForHomes suspended from Unipol

Leeds letting agency iFor Homes has been suspended from Unipol this summer following a housing tribunal.

An inspector found tenants on Hyde Terrace were living in ‘such a condition that it should not be occupied’.

The tribunal in June heard one student had to sleep on the sofa as water from the roof dripped onto his bed.

Damp in bedrooms had not been properly treated six months after tenants complained, with Unipol reporting ‘evidence of substantial disrepair’.

It was decided that iFor Homes also provided ‘misleading’ information about whether the landlord or tenants would pay for gas, water and electricity bills.

The Gryphon understands iFor Homes now has an action plan to deal with the issues.

Speaking to The Gryphon, a student who currently rents from iFor Homes described coming home to find the ceiling had leaked.

He explained, ‘On a rainy day in August, I was flabbergasted to see water coming from the ceiling. My flatmate’s radiator still doesn’t work and the house isn’t water tight after sending numerous maintenance reports’’.

In a statement, Unipol said, ‘Students will not be advised to rent from this managing agent as they are no longer accredited’. Unipol is now working with iFor Homes to inspect all their managed student properties.

The Union is encouraging current tenants who are experiencing problems with iFor Homes to seek advice from the Student Advice Centre.

iFor Homes was unable to provide a comment.

Charlotte Mason

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