Written on: 17/04/2013
1. ENORMOUS NOISE LEVEL. Apt Student Living (Students Court@ Wembley) is located near the construction site of a designers’ outlet where loud construction works are performed constantly from 8 am till 6 pm, from Monday through Saturday which make it extremely difficult for the students living in this building to enjoy quiet possession of the properties they have rented for a long period and to concentrate on their studies.
Nevertheless on aptstudents website this residence hall is advertised as "the best students living in London" while no information is provided on the abovementioned construction site which makes it impossible for overseas students to make an informed decision when entering into tenancy agreements for 51 weeks rent of studios in the residence hall.
At the same time, the standard tenancy agreement provides for a tenant’s liability for payment of the rent in the event of termination of this agreement before expiry of its term upon initiative of the tenant unless a replacement tenant is found by the tenant himself/herself (clause 4 of the Cancellation Policy). Given that it virtually impossible to find a replacement tenant for an accommodation which is location is so inadvertent for students, the students are trapped and cannot get out of their contracts even if they have such personal circumstances as deterioration of health due to living in permanent stress or shortage of funds.
Furthermore, there is constant noise outside the east part of the building from either the construction site or Hilton hotel power generating facilities that never ceases, even at night.
Brent Council has refused several times to do anything about all this noise.
2. RATHER POOR QUALITY OF FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT. There 2 chairs in each room but either of them is very inconvenient to sit on: after a couple of hours you get your back overstrained. There is one tea table but it is so low (50 cm high) that you cannot normally use it to eat your meals because you have to bend. I had to buy my own chair and table to be able to study and eat with more or less comfort. The fridge is rather small and constantly changes the temperature within.
3. POOR PLANNING AND FIXTURES.
The standard studio I live in is planned inconveniently: the desk is away from the window and you do not get enough day light when you are working at it.
The shelf in the bathroom is fixed so low that you have to bend your neck very low on the side every time you wash your face.
The shower cabin is too small.
There is not enough space to put your shoes near the door.
Double glazing does not absorb the noise from the street even when the window is completely shut.