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Cockroaches crawling around, broken heating and piles of rubbish – this is the flat a student claims to be paying £1,600 a month to live in.
Alicia Sowerby moved into the high-rise block in Aldgate, east London, when she began her law degree in September last year.
After finally moving out on Friday, the 23-year-old from York decided to speak out about the ‘prison-like’ conditions.
Her memories from the past year feature ‘a bag of sick’ abandoned in the corridor and ‘German cockroaches’ invading one of the floors.
Alicia said: ‘It’s such a lot of money, I have no idea how they are getting away with this. The whole block stinks and there is rubbish everywhere. It’s disgusting.
‘There was a bag of sick left on a chair for a whole day – it was spilling out everywhere.
‘Those living conditions are a breach of human rights. It’s like living in a prison.
‘I used to sit and work near the reception area and people were complaining all the time but nothing changed.’
Alicia, who is studying at the University of Law in Bloomsbury, shared the £412-a-week flat with international students.
For her, the ‘overwhelmingly upsetting’ conditions affected both her physical and mental health.
Pest control was also called to an infestation of cockroaches and have since visited every week, she said.
Earlier this year, residents also had to live with ‘mucky water’ leaking from the fifth to the fourth floor, and from light fittings in the smoking area.
The lifts then broke at the start of May, so students had to trudge up and down 32 flights of stairs until they were fixed.
Alicia said: ‘I heard that one guy got stuck in the lift overnight. He could not get out, because the emergency button had been taken out.
‘The pest control man said they were German cockroaches that spread really quickly, and they tried to get rid of them.
‘But after he left I heard they had spread over the whole floor and it was going to be shut down. They are still there.
‘We’re just young people trying to live away from home for the first time. It was overwhelmingly upsetting and I really couldn’t handle it.’
But IQ Student Accommodation, which manages properties across the UK, said the pictures were ‘misleading’ and ‘do not reflect the reality of life at Aldgate’.
They say that at no point have all the lifts been out of order and they do not believe anyone was trapped in a lift overnight.
Although others ‘quickly cancelled their contracts’ with the company, Alicia chose to stick it out.
She claims residents also organised a petition over the lengthy list of complaints, while a group of Chinese students contacted their embassy.
Metro.co.uk has not been able to independently verify these allegations.
A spokesperson for IQ Student Accommodation said: ‘We pride ourselves on the high-quality accommodation we provide to our students and ensure common areas are cleaned multiple times each day.
‘We are disappointed that Alicia has made a series of allegations, supported by misleading photographs, that do not reflect the reality of life at Aldgate.
‘We frequently inspect our buildings and over the last year we have addressed every issue that Alicia has raised.’
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