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Students told to improve living habits

Published: Monday, 24 September 2007   Category: Life after graduation | Public sector

A new poll has blamed students, and their poor domestic skills, for the dipping standards of rented accommodation.

The research, compiled by ICM, reveals that 48 per cent of respondents believe that students do not look after their property appropriately.

But 57 per cent argue that, although the tenants are to blame, more could be done by landlords to ensure that houses are kept in good condition.

Commenting on student hygiene, managing director of Ovenu, the cleaning company which commissioned the research, Rik Hellewell said: "Students could be putting themselves at risk if they don't make any effort to look after their accommodation.

"Our operatives have worked in a number of student rental properties during the summer break where the condition of the ovens was horrific.

"The tenants had obviously not bothered to clean the oven, leaving it as a health and fire risk from the build up of spilt and burnt food."

He added: "Landlords face an uphill battle to provide accommodation that meets a high standard when they consistently have to recover their properties from neglect."ADNFCR-1068-ID-18291474-ADNFCR

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