The Student Tenancy Accommodation Rating Scheme [STARS], a voluntary scheme to rate student housing, was launched today in Dunedin. It’s a collaboration between the DCC, University and Polytech – it’s a Tertiary Precinct Planning Group project.
The aim is to provide students with some qualitative information about available housing so they can make a more informed choice when choosing a flat.
Landlords can create listings for their flats, these need to be revised annually, and are provide a 5 star rating on a number of topics: fire safety, security, insulation, heating and ventilation, and general amenities. Feedback can be made about ratings.
Read the DCC press release.
Go to the STARS website.
If you move into a flat that has a name but you don’t want it, or your landlord has requested you remove your sign, please send me a message.
I hate to think of the signs ending up in a skip and am happy to be custodian of them.
Just a thought. If you’re going to name your flat, think about how you’re going to do it and what you’re going to name it, then have a wee chat with your landlord to ok it before you go ahead. It’s just polite y’know.
Most landlord’s and agencies get this tradition and are keen for you to have a good time at Otago. In some cases it’s possibly a key reason they get tenants … If they haven’t heard about flat naming you can always point them to this site so they can see where legends have begun 😀