COVID-19: WILL CLOSED NIGHCLUBS MEAN MORE STUDENT HOUSE PARTIES?
"If They Are Not Going to Pubs or Clubbing What Will They Be Doing?"
Matt Jarram (Senior Digital Reporter and Crime Correspondent of the Nottingham Post) reported on Monday 24 August 2020 that landlords fear that the closure of nightclubs will mean that returning students will hold more house parties. He wrote:
Landlords' fears that returning students could hold more house parties because nightclubs are shut
Fines of up to £1,500 could be handed to those who don't follow Covid-19 guidance
Fines of up to £1,500 could be handed to students who organise house parties and break social distancing rules on their return this September.
Fears have been raised by East Midlands Property Owners Group, based in Lenton, which represents around 600 landlords in the city.
Giles Inman, business development manager, said that with nightclubs still closed there is a possibility students will organise house parties instead.
They are working with the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University to ensure that students are equipped with all the knowledge they need to ensure this does not happen.
He told Nottinghamshire Live: "If they are not going to pubs or clubbing what will they be doing?
"It is something we are concerned about and looking to work with our student tenants to ensure any disruption in that kind of arena is minimal for the long term residents.
"I think it is about making students aware they are living in the community.
"There is a lot of students already in situ now and it is peaceful and quiet. Maybe the reality is they are complying with guidance and not having the parties.
"There is a concern that students may spend more time in their property and there is a concern there could be more parties but it a concern by everyone, not just us."
The University of Nottingham said it will take any reports of house parties that are "out of control or have impacted on neighbours or the community very seriously."
They are also exploring the idea of extending and enhancing community protection officers in the student areas of the city.
A spokeswoman said: "Despite Nottingham's large student population, some areas such as Lenton, Dunkirk, Radford and Beeston have a number of long-term residents living there.
"As well as noise disturbance, large gatherings of people bring a greater risk for Covid-19 to spread. It’s important to maintain social distancing at all times to reduce the risk of spreading the virus."
The university said it will be extending its student disciplinary process to encompass public health protection issues as well as incidents of antisocial behaviour in the community.
The spokeswoman added: "Disciplinary measures including financial sanctions up to £1,500, suspension or exclusion are already in place for serious breaches of our code of discipline on an escalation basis."
A spokesman for Nottingham Trent University added: "Under our student code of behaviour, all students will be given clear expectations regarding the latest guidance and measures to limit the spread of coronavirus and will know they have committed to these.
"If they are found to have not followed these then there will be consequences under our disciplinary processes."
Editor's note: These comments (printed in the order in which they appear on-line) have been made by readers of the article:
GardenTiger: Lentonlady advises reporting incidents to Community Protection and mentions whether the students are Nottingham University or Nottingham Trent. Good advice. But it would be much helpful for everyone is there were to be a single set of advice covering both universities and available for everyone. It is not always possible to know which university's students are responsible for the problem, and not all the problems happen in those residential areas which are mis-labelled as 'student areas'. As for the question "If they are not going to pubs or clubbing what will they be doing?" - how about getting on with their studies and learning to be the responsible adults they are always claiming they are? Perhaps the problem for landlords is that tenancy agreements mean they have to accept some degree of responsibility for the behaviour of their tenants as well as picking up the rents?
GardenTiger: So, not only are we to be insulted as 'longer term' residents, who are very much in the front line of anything and everything (and that includes covid-19 transmission), but in order to keep the so-called adults of the student population happy, Nottingham needs to open up its nightclubs, thus absolving landlords of their responsibilities, students of their responsibilities, universities of theirs, and so on. Is this a city which respects its 'longer term' residents and cares about them and what they give to this city. Or, is it all students and the vibrancy aka nightclubs, bars, pubs, taxi services, HMO landlords that they supposedly bring here? We live here, have families here, care about our neighbourhoods. We don't disappear home after a few weeks and altogether after 3 years. We also pay our Council Taxes and much else.
Turtle50: And student housing is exempt of council tax so 'longer term' residents are picking up the tab when it comes to cleaning up after them.
Lentonlady: .’..,some areas such as Lenton, Dunkirk, Radford and Beeston have a number of long-term residents living there’ Absolutely disgusted to read this - ‘a number of residents’ What this should be saying is that areas such as Lenton, Dunkirk, Radford and Beeston, are, as all other areas of Nottingham, residential areas and when students chose to live in these areas they need to be fully aware that they are part of a mixed community where consideration for their neighbours is paramount in these times.
Turtle50: Bad repotting by a newspaper who endorses student protests
Turtle50: So is the Uni going to come out at 2am to stop these parties....what absolute rubbish what will they do? And the police won't help either...we called them time and time again about student parties in our block during lockdown and they said they didn't have the resources to come out to them.
Lentonlady: Keep calling as Community Protection will be increased and the more people who call, the more pressure there will be on the universities to increase funding for CP. Also, depending on whether it is UoN or Trent students- Trent have 24hr security patrols that you can call. Contact them for the number.