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UT in search of methods to assist incoming freshmen and not using a dwelling; attorneys say households can lawyer up

Lawyers say families can sue UT for housing shortages

Justin Matthews reports.

The University of Tampa says it is beginning to move incoming freshmen to campus accommodation at the Barrymore Hotel after many were told that on-campus accommodation was full, causing families to start moving before the fall semester begins on May 23. August were looking for a place to stay.

Earlier this week, the university offered freshmen $ 3,500 per year to defer their enrollment at the university until at least fall 2022. It also offers a one-time scholarship of $ 2,000 to students who can provide evidence to the university that they have found off-campus accommodation.

Initially, students were told that on-campus accommodation was guaranteed if they submitted their housing application and deposit by May 1st. However, after telling many students that on-campus accommodation was full and would have to look elsewhere for housing, the university said the “guarantee” of on-campus accommodation was a “human error” and has not had one for over a decade On-campus accommodation guaranteed more.

Based on this letter, lawyers say families have a case when seeking compensation for this mistake.

“If you tell the other party if you do a certain thing by a certain date, I guarantee a certain thing and they will do that thing by the date you specify. You have a contract, so there is a contractual relationship and a contract to provide this on-campus accommodation, “said Richard A. Harrison, a Tampa attorney.

Parents say off-campus accommodation will cost them up to $ 10,000 more per year due to the lack of a meal plan, transportation costs, and expensive rent.

“There will be a lack of on-campus experience, which is part of what the school promised, so there is value there. It will incur transportation costs. Now the kid is not on campus, they have to go back and forth or go A car or something to do, there is a cost. The cost of the food. Of course there is a harm remedy, “Harrison said.

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