Allow Students Who Live Off-Campus to Terminate Their Lease

Allow Students Who Live Off-Campus to Terminate Their Lease

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Sara Goldstein started this petition to Preferred Campus Management Preferred Campus Management and

Many students, like me, and their families lost their job due to COVID-19 and are not able to afford their rent. UCF asked students to return to their permanent residence yet the off-campus housing apartments are still charging us rent and threatening late fees/penalties and giving us slim to no options. Students have enough debt as it is this is just added pressure during extremely unprecedented and difficult times.

The UCF Interim President, Thad Seymour, Jr. sent out a letter to all off-campus student housing managers requesting them to work with students on a case by case basis and to consider granting early lease terminations, as UCF has begun processing refunds for on-campus student housing. 

UCF sent an alert to all students (attached) stating the following: "UCF Alert UCF Alert - Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 12:32 PM "UCF has taken strategic actions to depopulate the campus over the past several weeks. By tonight, students who reside in UCF Housing should have returned to their permanent residences. Those with extenuating circumstances remaining on campus and students in off-campus housing must abide by the order. Students currently off campus should not return to UCF until further notice."

According to this UCF Bulletin dated 3/25/2020, students were asked to return to their permanent residents, and therefore by following pertinent instructions from the direction of their university, we are now prejudiced to be held accountable for our lease obligations.

Since students were informed from UCF that the rest of their spring and summer semesters will be online and stay home at their permanent resides, therefore the remainder of our leases should be terminated as most Spring/Summer leases end in July 31, 2020.

The off-campus affiliated housing facilities including Plaza on University, Knights Circle, The Retreat, The Station, The Point, Mercury 3100 and many more complexes are holding students at bay by threatening consequences if payments are not made in the timely fashion.

They are blatantly breaking the law and taking advantage of college students and again giving us incredible stress when President Trump distinctly gave a reprieve to help those affected during this astounding economic collapse, from the horrid pandemic.

THEY ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF STUDENTS THIS MUST END AND WE MUST BE ALLOWED TO TERMINATE OUR LEASES IF WE CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY THEM!!!!

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