By Emily Guzman
He believes the reason for landlord negligence may be that college students are known for hosting campus-wide parties that get out of control, often attracting police attention due to noise. In addition, many people rotate in and out of off-campus houses every year.
“There’s definitely a feeling of ‘you’re college students, you’re only going to be here for a couple months, it’s a temporary house,’” said Simancek.
Another disgruntled student, who asked to remain anonymous due to a current legal dispute with her landlord, rents through O’Brien Real Estate. The student knows at least two other K houses that rent through O’Brien and are also extremely dissatisfied with the company. “[Pat O’Brien] is a down-and-out slumlord,” the student said.
This year, the student has experienced mystery charges on rent bills and the “completely impossible task of getting maintenance over to the house.” The student said their handyman never shows up when promised, and O’Brien ignores requests unless they are in writing. It is common for those who rent through O’Brien to have interactions with wildlife, including bats, mice and squirrels, according to this student.
“We’ve had bats and squirrels ourselves, and instead of getting rid of the bats, they put weatherproofing on our attic door so that they’ll simply be contained. Ridiculous,” she said.
It is true that off-campus housing for college students is temporary and that they have a reputation that precedes them, but is a basic standard of living is too much to ask?