New tenants: Student apartments don't live up to expectations

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by JADE MINGUS & JESSICA VESS / KVUE News and Photojournalists J.P. HARRINGTON & KENNETH NULL

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Posted on August 19, 2013 at 6:41 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 19 at 7:41 AM

AUSTIN -- Some college students are in a desperate search for a home before the new school year begins.

The students were expecting to move in Sunday to apartments at the University Estates complex in Southeast Austin, but they say they aren't ready for them.

The students, some with parents at their side, arrived at the complex to move in to units they say they reserved for the Fall semester. However when they arrived, the conditions they found inside the units made moving in impossible.

They described finding bugs around the floors and dirt, rust and mold lining the walls.

“The apartment that we were shown initially was a model home. Pristine, great, no issues with it. We get here and this is what we arrive to today,” said parent Eric Campbell.

Some students who say they booked furnished units walked in and found the apartment completely empty.

“Supposed to have a sofa, an end table, a coffee table," said UT student Stacie Richard. "I'm missing a bed, that's like the main part of a bedroom right? I'm missing a dresser, a desk. Where am I supposed to study at?”

Management at University Estates has declined to comment on the conditions.

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