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CU Boulder students forced from apartments with no place to stay

Posted at 11:50 PM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 01:50:54-04

BOULDER, Colo. -- Some CU students living at the Sterling University Peaks complex scrambled on their move-in day saying they have no place to go after their apartments were deemed uninhabitable.

They said the apartment management told them in writing to head to hotels and that they would be reimbursed, but it’s move-in weekend and hotels are full.

After paying their deposits and rent many of the residents not only have nowhere to go, but they don’t have the money to pay for a hotel upfront.

“I’m from Texas. I have nowhere to go. My family doesn’t live here, my mom is 13 hours away and it’s like I just moved in. We literally just got our apartment pretty much finished,” said resident Kiana Nemoto.

In a letter addressing the issue the apartment told residents the price of the hotel rooms would be credited to their rent.

(Photo: Letter sent to students who had already moved in to the apartment complex) 

Denver7 was with residents when someone with the apartment complex told them Boulder approved the renovation plans but last minute they deemed the building uninhabitable.

The problem is the moveable bookshelves in the rooms. The units were two-bedroom, but movable bookshelves were added to make four bedrooms.

The residents said that’s a problem now because not all bedrooms have access to a window in case of an emergency.

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