GUG voices concerns on continuing rental problems for Gozitan students
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The Gozo University Group has voiced its concerns over rental problems faced by Gozitan students in Malta, and appalled to the authorities in charge “to see us not simply as a group of whining children, but as a group of students, who have to take on a role beyond our years.”
In a statement the GUG pointed out that in May, most Gozitan students start shifting back to Gozo. “A lot of of them will have to pay for the entire month, despite them not living there for most of it.”
“Many fear a phone call from the landlord, informing them about the raise in rent which would come into effect the following year,” the Group said, adding that, this is when more issues can arise.
“The influx of new students would already be making the problem worse, add older students to the mix and the issue becomes chaotic,” it said.
According to the GUG, “in the past few days, one such student argued that they are living in apartment blocks which resemble the slums of Rio de Janeiro.”
“This post rallied behind her an army of commentators, whose anger was aggravated by the fact that two out of three ferries were being repaired, leaving most of them on the wrong side of the Channel,” the GUG said.
This Group went on to say that it had spoken about both issues in the past, “and we keep emphasising the need for better regulation on rent, especially where students are involved.”
The Gozo University Group concluded by saying that, “sadly, the €500 every trimester is not enough, however, there are fears that if they raise the subsidy, they will keep raising the already high rents.”