SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) - Texas State University's fall semester is right around the corner, but some students may have to wait a little longer to move in. Even though classes begin on Monday, Aug. 26, several off-campus apartment complexes are not ready.
KXAN reached out to each apartment complex to see the progress.
A manager at The Avenue at San Marcos phone line declined to comment, but a man working at the construction site said only two buildings remain incomplete.
The man, who refused to give his name, said the work should be completed between Aug. 28-30. He said about 40 students will be housed in hotels until they can move in. Students living in other units say they moved in earlier in the summer.
Leasing managers at Vistas San Marcos said students there will be able to move in on Aug. 25, a day before the fall semester begins. Scott Stager, the vice president of property operations for CORE Campus, which manages Vistas San Marcos, told KXAN about 600 students will live in the complex.
Stager said construction was about one week behind. A manager at that construction company, Austin-based Skyline Builders, had not return KXAN's phone call about the cause of those delays.
The complex will have full occupancy, according to Stager. He also said students who needed to move in earlier than Aug. 25 received hotel credit.
On Thursday, the first students moved into Millennium on Post. The property manager said he received the keys from the builder only a day earlier.
The property was supposed to be completed by Aug. 1, which put tenants like Texas State senior Rhiana Holmes in a difficult situation. She had to live with her boyfriend, until her living situation stabilized. On Wednesday, Holmes received an e-mail saying the complex wasn't sure when her unit would be ready.
A day later, the managers sent another email to Holmes telling her the four-bedroom unit was available. Holmes said she was tempted to drop her lease and move in with other friends, until she received that e-mail.
"I've never lived somewhere that hasn't already been built," Holmes said. "It's been a major hassle."
Holmes said the apartment managers have been helpful. They provided money for storage units and waived the rent until October.
"They've been really nice about it," Holmes said. "We're moving in today, so they could've just [compensated] us for August, but they went ahead and did September."
Texas State University Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Joanne H. Smith told KXAN this is the first time three complexes near campus weren't ready in time for the start of the fall semester. In the past, only one complex or another missed the deadline.
She said her staff watched the buildings over the summer, concerned over the progress. Smith said she wanted to make sure students understand their obligations as tenants.
Under Texas law , tenants are entitled to healthy and safe living spaces. There are ways to end a lease if a landlord is not in compliance, but several steps must be taken first.
Dr. Smith said her office worked with the faculty, property managers, and the city of San Marcos to lessen the impact on students, so they could focus on the start of the semester.
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