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What happens to right to quiet enjoyment accommodation because of building works?

My boyfriend has just moved into Postgrad halls and I'm wondering if it's fair for him to ask for a 20% reduction in cost because there is extensive building work going on opposite (I'm not sure if this a university owned building or not).
This means is not going to be able to work at all during the day from his building as it's so noisy and is in breach of 'the right to quiet enjoyment'.
He spoke to the accomodation office months before his start date and they said they would deffo be able to offer him something However, there were problems with the student portal so he basically had to decide on the spot whether to accept the accomodation (if they try and argue he could have search for planning permissions in the area etc). It feels quite cheeky of the accomodation office that they only gave him an expensive building option with this building work going on.
Reply 1
I would imagine that someone in the contract small print there is something that deals with this and largely in the uni’s favour. And particularly if the work is not the university’s responsibility. However there is nothing to be lost by enquiring, also if they alluded to an allowance for it. I would enquire gently and not lead with a 20% request for best hope of influencing. The other option is to get some legal advice and if there is a case progress it that way.
Reply 2
Original post by Zarek
I would imagine that someone in the contract small print there is something that deals with this and largely in the uni’s favour. And particularly if the work is not the university’s responsibility. However there is nothing to be lost by enquiring, also if they alluded to an allowance for it. I would enquire gently and not lead with a 20% request for best hope of influencing. The other option is to get some legal advice and if there is a case progress it that way.

Thank you for this!
Yes we will see what they will offer - I think he'd be willing to move etc too
I wonder if even if they have put something in the contract it would count as an 'unfair term and condition' and be void as is in case law discounts on rent have been made if neighbouring work has not been disclosed to the new tenant which has been made known to neighbours (judges take this as something that should be passed on to prospective tenants in order for them to make an informed decision about renting the property).

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