Tampa, Florida 2021-04-07 17:57:36 –
Tampa, Florida-Pandemic has emptied university campuses and dormitories across the country. In 2020, many universities in the state, including Tallahassee Community College, posted on their website that students “have no plans to return to campus after spring break.”
“I wanted to stay home with my family,” said TCC student Justin Lawrence.
Lawrence lived in Tallahassee’s Social 2700 Student Space, according to a proceeding filed in federal court last summer.
“They closed the equipment like a common area,” Lawrence said, denying access to pools, fitness centres, TV lounges and more.
Lawrence told ABC Action News that the real estate manager hired a lawyer after refusing to request a proportionally distributed refund of rent paid by April 2020.
“I didn’t think it was fair for me or anyone else to pay for these while they were closed,” he said.
Tampa’s lawyer Billy Howard, who filed the proceedings, is seeking the status of a class action. If approved by the court, the proceedings will include thousands of college students who lived in the defendant’s dormitory around Florida in 2020.
“It was unfair for students to continue to collect rent when it was dangerous to be there,” Howard said.
Real estate owners FPA Villa Del Lago, LLC have filed a petition for dismissal, but a federal judge has determined that the proceedings can proceed. They claim there was no contract breach and Lawrence is not entitled to damages.
“I think it’s great. Anyone who wants to attend can be represented,” said Lawrence, who moved to another dormitory after resuming classes at TCC this year.
Defendant’s lawyer did not respond to our request for comment. The judge then allowed the case to proceed, but the court asked the plaintiffs to provide more facts to support their allegations.
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