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Debates and questions

S5W-31911: Patrick Harvie (Glasgow)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 21 September 2020

To ask the Scottish Government, regarding the provisions in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020, whether students who are seeking to cancel their student accommodation contracts prematurely are required to provide their accommodation provider with documentation that proves that their course has fully moved online before they can expect to be released from their contract.

Answered by: Richard Lochhead 5 October 2020

The Coronavirus (Scotland)(No.2) Act 2020 introduced notice to leave periods for students residing in halls of residence and Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA). The Act states that a tenant may, for a reason relating to coronavirus, bring to an end a student residential tenancy. The Act does not state that a student is required to provide accommodation providers with documentation proving that their course has moved fully online.