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Apartment leases bind students for year

March 26, 1997

By. A. Latham Staples

Lariat Reporter

Many students move out of the residence halls and find they are bound to 12 month apartment leases, even though the school year lasts only 10 months.

For the approximate 5,000 students who are staying throughout the entire year, including both summer sessions, the 12 month leases prove agreeable.

However, the majority of the student body departs for the summer, leaving students with two extra months of rent to pay.

Among those apartment complexes that require a 12 month lease are The Centre, The Boardwalk, Darshane, Jackson Square and Ivy Place.

Richard Flores, a Pharr sophomore, recently signed a 12 month lease at The Centre.

'I planned on going home for the summer and returning in the fall,' Flores said. 'However, I'm trying to talk my parents into letting me attend McLennan Community College this summer so that I don't waste the rent money.'

Other apartment complexes, including River Crest, The Oaks and Mark Twain, allow nine or 10 month and 12 month leases.

'We favor 12 month leases,' a River Crest spokesman said. 'Those who select nine month leases are subject to higher rates for their rent.'

Tiffany Anderson, a Houston senior, appreciates the nine-and-a-half month lease of Lexington Apartments, the only apartment complex that offers a leasing agreement of this kind.

'The lease has proved to be perfect,' Anderson said. 'We moved into our apartment in mid-August and our lease runs out just after school concludes.'

For further information concerning length of leases, students can obtain a copy of the Off-Campus Housing Guide from Student Activities.

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