Ex College Student Sued for Staying in Dorm
Life can be quite difficult, and the cost of living in Manhattan can be extraordinarily – and many believe ridiculously – high. That could be one of the reasons that Hunter College, in Manhattan, has been having a problem with one of their former students. 32-year-old Lisa Palmer, the student in question, was once a student at the school. However, she dropped out in 2016.
Of course, this happens to many people. College life is not for everyone. However, when Palmer dropped out, she did not actually leave the school. In fact, she has been continuing to live in her dorm room for the past several years. Now, Hunter College is fed up with what they consider to be the former student essentially squatting in the room. They have evicted her and they are suing her for residence hall charges.
How Did All of This Happen?
According to the college, Palmer was supposed to pay $1,800 in residence fees when she initially moved into the college. However, she did not make that payment, which caused the college to deny the summer housing application that she had put in for the dorm room. This was what made her drop out of school, but instead of vacating the premises, which she was supposed to do, she simply stayed. The school had sent her a number of notices that she was going to end up being charged $150 a day if she stayed in the dorm.
Not only did she drop out and continue to stay in the dorm room, but she also demanded that she be provided a resident card for 2018. This card would allow her to have access to other areas of the campus. This was after the school had finally issued the eviction notice. She wanted to stay and fight the case against her, although you have to admit that things probably do not look very good for her in this case.
According to the school, she owes more than $94,000, as well as interest, for the residence fees and for the cost of the police removing her from the room.
A Sad Circumstance or Entitlement?
When you start to look into this case, you can’t help but to feel a bit bad for the woman. It is likely that the reason she did not leave was because she may not have had anywhere to go, and it is certainly expensive to afford any type of housing in the Manhattan area. Palmer says that the school had forced her out of classes a semester before she was able to graduate when she was unable to pay her bills. She is working two jobs and disputes the charges, saying that paying back that amount is unrealistic and that she does not believe she should have to pay it off.
However, she was clearly in violation of the rules when she did not pay the housing fee, and when she quit school and continued to stay on the premises.