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UNT students speak out against Denton area apartments

UNT students speak out against Denton area apartments

UNT students speak out against Denton area apartments
September 08
01:31 2020

Confusion, mismanagement, poor communication, and outright being taken advantage of. This is a safe description of the experiences of many students who live in student-living style apartments in Denton.

Supposedly, student living serves as a transitional bridge between living in a dorm and renting a house or living in a traditional apartment. Young adults largely make up the student population at UNT and often haven’t accumulated any furniture to live on their own. Oftentimes young adults don’t have the monetary funds to do so. This explains why leasing a fully furnished student-living style apartment is enticing.

UC Denton is one of the countless student-living style apartments in Denton. Political Science senior Wenceslado Guerra, a UC Denton resident, said, “Being in a UNT dorm would be a step up from living at UC Denton.”

Students are now fed up and are speaking out against their unpleasant experiences with these student-living style apartments.

“The unit was also not professionally cleaned despite their claims that all units are professionally cleaned before move-in day,” Guerra said.

Hannah Fuller, a junior theater major, previously leased with The Metro Apartments said, “The place was constantly infested with roaches. Despite saying they would send someone in for pest control weekly, we ended up having over a dozen reports before they came to help.”

Guerra had a similar experience: “When notified about mice in the apartment, the leasing office only provided us with mousetraps.”

This lack of cleanliness reported about both apartment complexes is even more unacceptable in Guerra’s case, who began his lease during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Problems with mismanagement are common throughout student-living apartments and Fuller’s experience expands on this further: “Paperwork management was unclear and often poorly communicated between their admin team causing my roommate and me to drive all across town on multiple occasions.”

Theatrical design major Joey Barnett expressed his frustrations with his former management: “City Parc is extremely unorganized.”

Barnett’s experience with management almost led to his eviction, “I emailed them and told them what happened and they said it was fine to pay when I’m able to.” Barnett continued, “Three days later, I got an email saying that since I haven’t been communicating with them, I had 48 hours to leave the place. This is right when corona was starting so I was freaking out.”

All of which is after Barnett said he was charged “twice for October rent.”

First-year graduate Anna Paredes was also was surprised with unexpected charges from her apartment complex and explained, “I just had to pay $50 to start to be able to pay my utilities.”

Paredes also has experienced being towed by predatory companies such as Texas Impound who towed her car “even though it was properly registered” and “after calling a couple of times, they finally brought my car back.” Texas Impound tows at multiple student living-style complexes and has served for 17 lawsuits for illegal towing.

Professional selling senior Kortnite Gohl has a lease with The Forum at Denton Station and has been towed numerous times. “They’ll ride through the complex constantly but won’t provide enough guest parking.”

The exploitative nature of towing companies being permitted by the complexes is disgusting. Similar repugnant behavior has been acted out by management before as Gohl said, “They charge you to pay a full month’s rent when you move in on August 19th. They also charge you an extra month’s rent after your lease ends in July,” Gohl said, “The amount of money they charge for the size of their rooms and the lack of service they provide is a scam.”

Student-living style apartments claim to serve the students that are paying to live there because, after all, “student” is in the name.

UC Denton writes on their website: “UC is a student’s place to study, play, sleep, and repeat!”

City Parc tells potential students: “At City Parc you will have the privacy and lifestyle you deserve in an off campus student community that is built specifically with you, the college student, in mind.”

The Metro Apartments insists that: “At The Metro, you can truly have it all! Part of Denton Student Apartments group, the Metro Apartments is clean, comfortable and the perfect price for students looking for off-campus living.”

These apartment complexes and other student-living style apartments need to stop with empty promises and start listening to the grievances of the students who have been unheard.

With everything considered, student-living style apartments in the Denton area suffer from confusion caused by poor communication from weak management and being comfortable with taking advantage of students. Students deserve better from student-living in the Denton area and should continue to put pressure on their management when these situations arise.

The abuse done by this predatory system that preys upon students must be held accountable.

Featured Illustration by Olivia Varnell

About Author

Brett Davis

Brett Davis

Columnist on The North Texas Daily's opinion section since 2020. His stories focus on politics and point out hypocrisy. He is a current undergraduate student at UNT majoring in political science and history. Also, he is the vice president of UNT College Democrats and a student relations coordinator for SGA. In 2019, Davis graduated from Central Texas College with an A.A. in interdisciplinary studies.

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1 Comment

  1. Cool Cat
    Cool Cat September 10, 19:09

    PERIODTT not to mention my complex (the ridge) sent out surveys to see if anyone had planned to move out when COVID begun last March, and they were not even flexible with the moving out process to begin with!!

    They also mishandled my money which resulted in many arguments between management and myself. Some of the staff is pretty weird and condescending for no reason.

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