Some private landlords in the UK are charging students "extortionate"prices for accommodation, it has been suggested.

According to Ben Whittaker, vice-president of the National Union of Students (NUS), research by the organisation indicates that prices are going up each year.

While property owners may see this as good news, the students who have to pay this landlord rent are not so well-placed.

"There is no doubt that people are taking advantage of the vulnerable position students are in,"Mr Whittaker told the Daily Telegraph.

On some occasions students are forced into making late and hasty decisions on their accommodation, he added, which is one of the reasons they end up paying high rents.

It is likely that the last few months have been busy for landlords in university towns and cities across the UK as September and October mark the start of semesters at higher education institutions throughout the country.

Written by Sarah Field
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