Did you know that residential leases are the number one source of debt collection against UCF students and their guarantors/parents? The mid-Summer move out season is the peak time for landlords to add on charges that can end up on a student’s or guarantor’s credit report.
UCF Student Legal Services typically see dozens of students in the fall who have been hit with fees from their former landlords. The charges generally fall in two categories – penalties for failure to notify the landlord of move out and alleged damages to the property. These can range anywhere from a very small amount to thousands of dollars.
Since many landlords waive or have very small security deposit requirements, a student or guarantor who is hit with damage charges can be subject to different kinds of debt collection, including negative accounts on their credit reports and lawsuits. Being in debt collection can make it harder to rent an apartment or home in the future.
UCF Student Legal Services advises students to do the following:
If you get a damages claim, you may have a limited time to dispute it, so we recommend that you act quickly.
Questions? UCF Student Legal Services assists enrolled UCF students in a variety of legal matters, including landlord tenant, consumer, traffic tickets, most criminal and more. Call 407.823.2538 for an appointment or for more information, visit: sls.sdes.ucf.edu.