Salisbury Student Housing Rent Forgiveness During COVID-19

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University Orchard, The Flatts, The Gathering, Salisbury Housing, Fenzel Investments, and Rodney Long Properties are just some of the student and young professional apartment complexes serving the community of Salisbury, MD. Being that the majority of their resident bases are students with only part-time jobs, many of them no longer have any income due to the recent shelter-in-place order issued by Governor Hogan. As such, these residents do not have the means to continue to afford monthly rent payments. Most people aged 18-23 are also unable to rely on receiving any aid from the federal government's Coronoavirus stimulus package.

Furthermore, the majority of residents are not even living in their apartments anymore due to all local universities moving classes online for the rest of the semester. And as for those who are still living in Salisbury, most of the amenities, facilities, and services that students are being charged for are no longer available to use.

This petition is to urge Salisbury student housing complexes (along with ANY other landlord renting to university students in the area) to prioritize the needs of their residents during this worldwide pandemic by:

  1. Enacting a rent forgiveness plan until Maryland businesses have been open and operating normally for at least one month. This is to ensure that people have had enough time to work and save up for any bills.
  2. Allow residents the option to be let out of their lease early.

We understand that this is not an easy decision by any means, but at a time when unemployment is on its way to be a record-high and people are worried about their and their loved ones' health, these are steps that can be taken to ease people's minds.

** If you do not live in any of the places listed on the first line of this petition, please write the name of your housing complex in the comments!!

** And remember to e-mail your properties individually!! That is the most effective way to be heard. Stay healthy, friends!