Resident code of conduct

We take both the health and safety of our residents and our resident's ability to enjoy our buildings seriously and ask that all residents abide by our code of conduct to support our aims to create safe and secure environments.

1.1 As part of the licence to occupy residents agree that they will not use the room, for any improper, immoral, or illegal purpose nor in any way which may, in our reasonable opinion, be a nuisance, damage or annoyance to the other residents of the hostel, or neighbors, or any other person.  In particular, you will not:

a) smoke in the hostel (including E-cigarettes);

b) bring into or keep alcoholic drinks in the Hostel.

c) prepare or cook any food in any bedroom nor in any other room of the Hostel except as provided in clause 9:5 hereof nor remove any food, crockery, cutlery, or glassware from the dining room.

d) cause any noise which, if made within the room, can be heard outside the room or, if made within the common areas can be heard outside the common areas;

e) keep or use drugs or psychoactive substances, the possession or use of which is prohibited by law (including but not limited to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 or the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016);

f) keep or use any firearms, knives (other than kitchen knives), or any other weapons;

g) harass, threaten or assault any other residents, their guests, our employees, or any other person; 

h) tamper with our fire prevention systems and control equipment (including not maliciously, recklessly, or negligently activating such fire prevention systems)

i) use designated fire escapes except for the purposes of emergency escape;

j) keep, store or use any gas or oil heater or other fuel-burning appliance in the Property, including candles and any other flame-lit device; 

k) keep any animal, bird, insect, or reptile.

l) Register a business at an LHA address m) Gamble for money on LHA premises.

n) erect any external wireless or television aerial or satellite dish at the Property or hang clothes or fabrics out of the windows or doors of the Property.

1.2 Any action which may put the safety of the building or its occupants at risk could constitute an offence under Health and Safety legislation. Vandalism could constitute an offence under the Act. In addition we reserve the right to recover from residents the full cost of repairs arising out of acts of vandalism or unauthorised alterations to any part of our property.

1.3 You must acquaint yourself with the fire and safety precautions, the fire escape evacuation routes, the location of fire exits and the assembly point; if in any doubt, please ask the House Manager.

1.4 Residents agree to vacate the hostel (and to ensure that any visitors you have also vacate the hostel), immediately whenever the fire alarm is sounded. You should notify us in advance should you have any visitors to the room who may require assistance should it be necessary to evacuate the hostel.

1.5 You should note that tampering with fire prevention/life-saving equipment such as, but not restricted to, fire extinguishers, fire doors and smoke detectors, is a criminal offence (punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment) and it will be treated as a serious breach of the licence to occupy. 1.6 Where a self-catering or pantry kitchen is provided the following conditions will apply;

a) You must prepare and cook the food only in the kitchen area allocated for that purpose and in no other part of the hostel.

b) After you have finished cooking you should clean the cookers and other kitchen equipment that you have used.

c) You must report any breakages of kitchen equipment to the House Manager of the Hostel immediately and you will be responsible for replacing at your own expense any equipment that you damage.

d) You must only use the self-catering facilities during the hours permitted by the House Manager and when using the kitchen equipment, you should have regard to the equipment and wishes of other users.

1.7 You should keep the accommodation allocated to you in a reasonable, clean and tidy state, limiting your personal belongings to the minimum.

1.8 We have a zero tolerance policy on acts of aggression and violence towards both its staff and residents where any act as described above occurs the “LICENCE TO OCCUPY” will be terminated.

1.9 Where the behaviour of a resident impacts negatively upon other residents’ enjoyment of the hostel environment we reserve the right to terminate the “LICENCE TO OCCUPY”.

1.10 If you are in contact with or contract any contagious or infectious disease you should report such a fact to the House Manager immediately.  

1.11 The possession of your own television set or use other technologies in a way that requires a TV licence requires you to have a valid TV licence. 1.12 You must ensure that your room is locked at all times.