UMN Students Left Without a Home Weeks Before School Begins

August 07, 2017 06:02 PM

Potentially hundreds of University of Minnesota students could begin the new school year without a place to live.

"It is with much regret that we inform you that despite the contractors' best efforts, portions of Prime Place Minneapolis will not be completed by (Sept. 2)," an email from general managers of Prime Place LLC told impacted lease holders. Instead, according to the email, portions of the building won't be ready until Dec. 29, leaving many students stranded.


"We hope to be able to work with Prime Place and be able to resolve this amicably," explained attorney Mark Karon, the director of University Student Legal Service. He said more than 100 students have reached out looking for help.

"The first thing we want to do and the University is concerned about is finding suitable alternative housing and make sure that their lives are not disrupted so as to impact their education," Karon said.

Karon added that Prime Place initially proposed two options to students: end their lease and get their deposit back or delay their lease and get a check for $1,500 upon moving in.

Karon's advice, however, is that students do neither and contact a lawyer instead.

A representative of Prime Place declined to comment for this story.


Josh Rosenthal

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