Q&A: More student move-in delays in Waterloo

Posted
September 11, 2017

As another school year begins, another batch of university students are finding themselves without a place to live.

In 2016, residents of ICON, Columbia One and the K2 buildings all experienced move-in delays.

This year, there have been delays at TheHub, a development catering to students and young professionals near the University of Waterloo.

As of Sept 5, none of the 351 bedrooms were completed Towers 7, 8 and 9 at TheHub on 130 Columbia St.

A representative of Acommod8u, the rental company in charge of TheHub, told CBC News on Aug. 31 he was confident the units would be available for the students within the next two weeks. 

On Tuesday, Waterloo Region Community Legal Services (WRCLS) held a presentation at the University of Waterloo to help students review their legal options.

The CBC's Max Leighton spoke to presenter Giordano Modesto, a community legal worker with WRCLS.

The following has been edited for length and clarity. 

Who are most likely to be affected by these delays?

Possibly the international students would be the most vulnerable to this because they're going to be the ones that don't have the ability to come to the city to actually see the ongoing construction of the building. If you were to Google the address of the building, you'd probably just see that it's under construction, you're not going to see actual updates to the building. So, I think the international students, and also those who may live out of the province or somewhere farther away from Waterloo.

What are you expecting this year?

More of the same thing we've seen in years past. More students who are homeless as a result of this for, I think the timeline now is two weeks to complete the building, it could be even longer than that. And then there is still the ongoing construction of the buildings with the amenities that are not finished because to actually get occupancy permits for the units they don't actually have to get all the amenities finished, they just have to have the units in a livable state. 

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