Alicia is right, it doesn’t make sense but, like any renter, she will have signed a contract which means, pandemic or not, she is legally obliged to pay her rent. And while universities may be more accountable to their students, PBSAs work slightly differently. In recent years, the private student accommodation sector has become a huge part of Britain’s property market. Back in 2014, two thirds of student halls of residence were provided by universities themselves. According to a report from the global estate agent Cushman & Wakefield
, by 2020, the private sector had control of more than 50% of the market.