A recent article on the Buzz Feed website tells the story of a woman who dropped out of a New York City college and continues to live there without paying rent.
Evidently, a 32-year old woman who dropped out of Hunter College in Manhattan two years ago is refusing to leave her dorm room, even though she is no longer a student at the school.
The college, which is part of the City University of New York system, claims that the former student owes the school more than $94,000 in unpaid residence fees. The school is now suing the woman, stating that she has been illegally squatting in the dorm room since 2016.
According to the Buzz Feed article, the former student was a geography major who stopped paying her residence fees shortly after she began living at the dorm. When the woman was denied housing during the summer months in 2016, she dropped out of the school.
Hunter College says that it has sent the woman numerous notices of the fees that are owed, and eviction notices have even been sent. The former student has ignored these efforts, and says that she should not have to pay the fees.
In the lawsuit filed against the former student, it is alleged that an agreement between the former student and a college would allow her to stay in the dorm if she enrolled in classes again and paid off outstanding course fees.
As it turns out, the woman has not reenrolled in courses and has not paid off her outstanding fees. She claims to be working two jobs, but says that it is unrealistic to think that she could pay off the money that she owes. It is the woman’s contention that because she can’t pay the debt, she should not have to. She also thinks that she should be allowed to remain in the dorm room.
In the real world of privately-owned apartment buildings, not paying the rent for two years and ignoring eviction notices would usually lead to the tenant and his or her belongings being removed from the premises. In this case, the woman says she is going to stay in the dorm room and fight the case.