Allow students to void their leasing contract with Coastal Ridge due to Covid

Allow students to void their leasing contract with Coastal Ridge due to Covid

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Ramnik Bharath started this petition to Coastal Ridge and

Many students, such as myself, are currently stuck in a leasing contract with Coastal Ridge, the private entity that manages the dorms of Florida Polytechnic University. The leasing contract in question stands for the 20-21 academic year but was issued in December of 2019, long before the COVID-19 situation developed.
 
Many students and parents have been attempting to contact Coastal Ridge to explain various situations that are endangered by the law-binding contract that was signed previous to the developments, as mentioned before. Many have been told that, currently, there is no way to void the contract.

As such, students facing this situation have considered withdrawing from the University altogether, while one student has been confirmed to have already withdrawn due to the danger posed to their situation because of the forced financial burden of the lease. The situation as a whole negatively affects Coastal Ridge and its reputation, Florida Polytechnic University, and the students in terms of their safety, as returning to campus during this pandemic is already dangerous and stressful as is.
 
Given that for many students this is their first time dealing with any lease and living away from home, along with the significant impact of COVID-19, the financial burdens and mental health due to stress of our students should be of the utmost importance. Therefore, the lease should have a non-stressful route for voiding to allow students the leniency and assistance needed during these already difficult times.

The main proposed solution we have is to allow the student to get out of their leasing contracts without imposing fines as COVID was not predicted to grow to this large of a precedent with campus reopening soon for the Fall. If there needs to be another solution that would help both parties would be to allow students to get out of their leasing contracts by letting them pay their last month's worth of rent and then not giving back the security deposit. 

However, doubling the rent amount or even expecting that large of an amount back is still a financial burden to many college students during this pandemic. 

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