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U. Florida Student Petition Claims it’s ‘Morally Wrong’ for Landlords to Charge Rent Right Now

U. Florida Student Petition Claims it’s ‘Morally Wrong’ for Landlords to Charge Rent Right Now

“these landlords have refused to offer any rent relief and/ or changes to leases and lease renewals to University of Florida students”

Don’t landlords have employees and bills to pay like everyone else?

Campus Reform reports:

UF students: It’s ‘morally wrong’ for landlords to charge full rent in these ‘trying times’

University of Florida students are petitioning off-campus housing complexes for rent relief after the university urged students to return home during the coronavirus pandemic.

The petition, which has more than 7,000 signatures, calls for landlords to be “proven morally wrong for not helping students” with rent.

“Due to COVID-19, these landlords have refused to offer any rent relief and/ or changes to leases and lease renewals to University of Florida students after the University told us to leave Gainesville and go HOME,” petition author Sarah Lobo wrote.

The author also cited economic uncertainty as reasons for rent relief.

“The loss of student’s jobs, the economic stress that families have been put under, and the underlying uncertainties that lie ahead have made our lives turn upside down,” Lobo added. “We, as students, need help financially to get through the next couple of months. Our families need your help.”

Lobo said without rent relief, students would violate leases and “could possibly be taken to court.”

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Unfortunate circumstances all around us, welcome to the real world & adult Life.

Hmm. It’s only immoral to charge rent to college students during these times? What about everyone else who’s out of work?

As the previous poster said: welcome to the real world (likely for the first time in your life).

They be takin our weed money!

“Morally wrong” isn’t even one of the choices here, kids. It’s wrong for people to take what doesn’t belong to them. It’s wrong for people to use for free a service or product (against the service/product provider’s wishes) that would cost anyone else money under the same circumstances. One could even make a case that people willfully doing THOSE THINGS are engaging in morally questionable, if not illegal, behavior. But expecting payment from a pre-existing contractual obligation is simply not “morally wrong”. It’s morally neutral.

When the unversity told you to go “home”, that was to your apartment where you have a lease, not to leave Gainesville….nice try at changing the wording. No university has the authority to coerce your landlords into kicking you out of those apartments. As such, you are obliged to your agreement.

That apartment is your legal residence unless mommy and daddy are paying everything (in which case you don’t rent relief anyways). Rent relief might be a nice, voluntary gesture, but no one owes you a dime.

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