SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif- Dozens of students could be without a home after multiple violations were found in at least 36 units of an apartment complex near Cal Poly.
Alexa Thomas, a sophomore at Cal Poly, was taken by surprise when city inspectors told her she may have to move. "You can't live here, its unsafe for the fire reasons, the carbon monoxide," said Alexa Thomas, a student living at Pine Creek Condominiums.
Thomas lives in one of the lofts above a 1 bedroom apartment. Inspectors said the lofts were originally approved for storage but had been turned into bedrooms, raising the risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, suffocation or fire. Fortunately for students, Cal Poly and Cuesta College are looking to help students with the transition.
"The school is being really great having us move to the on campus housing if we ever need it, which is great, I may have to share a room with my roommate if it gets to that extent," said Thomas.
Keith Humphrey, the Vice President of Student Affairs at Cal Poly said the school is ready for the students to move in right away if they would like to. Humphrey said the school is also willing to help with the move. "Moves like this also require additional financial assistance and we will be working creatively to help students as best we can through university resources," said Keith Humphrey, VP of Student Affairs.
Although students are grateful for the help, many still feel uneasy. "I just can't believe this is all happening right now I mean this is the last thing a student should be worrying about in the middle of winter quarter when we are studying for midterms and finals are 4 weeks away," said Thomas.
Pine Creek Condominiums landlord has until March 12th to be compliant with the city. Residents have been advised not to sleep or live in the lofts or dens.
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