Updated: Jan 26, 2021
Scores of student renters attending Sacramento State are being held liable for leases that were signed months prior to the pandemic for the 2020-2021 lease term. Off-campus student housing owners have refused to release students from these agreements and would charge them $10,000 and $12,000 to terminate their leases.
This is despite the fact that college coursework has moved to an online platform and students have moved back home to live with their families following the closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, students lost their campus jobs and some of their parents have lost employment.
Private owners of four different student housing complexes in Sacramento which include The Lark, The Element, The Crossings, and Academy 65 are still requiring them to continue paying rent for unoccupied apartments. These private facilities operate independently from colleges and universities. Wouldn't you know it, these giant corporations holding students and parents to their leases have collected millions in loans from the Paycheck Protection Program and yet are still extracting every last dollar out of hardworking students and families.
Students and parents are getting organized and they need your support!
Parents of Sacramento State students and students have formed a coalition under the umbrella of the Sacramento Tenants Union called The Coalition for Fair and Equitable Student and Community Housing.