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With about a week before university and college classes begin in Central Texas, its crunch time for many students, who are still moving-in and getting settled. But in Austin where the rental market is at an all time high, there aren't much options for those who haven't found a place yet.

Students still had no idea what they would do after an apartment complex promised them an apartment that was still occupied or in bad shape.

For the thousands of students attending Central Texas colleges and universities moving day is the end of a long process.

Students like Ebony Eberhardt came to Austin to sign her lease weeks before moving in. So when she realized her apartment complex, The Edge, had overbooked units, she now has to figure out what to do next.

For Eberhardt it wasn't that their apartment was occupied but it was the condition of the unit that's keeping them from moving in.

"There are a lot of us in there and we're just trying to figure out where we are going to stay and now we have nowhere," said Eberhardt. "There's some kind of weird fuzzy filth that was coming from the tub."

Pictures of Bryan Ginn's unit show stains on the carpet and stains on the mattress.

"I'm still stuck here in this hideous disgusting apartment," said Ginn.

Ginn says the complex gave him the option of either staying while they make repairs or breaking the lease but with a rent market that's at about 95 percent capacity, finding a new home in a day is easier said than done.

The same could be said for students who live on the UT campus. Student housing there is a hot commodity.

"We've been able to house everyone who applied by May 1, but housing on campus right now is full," said VP of Student Affairs, Gage Paine.

Paine says there is a wait list. Currently 7,500 students are scheduled to move into campus Friday and they're already taking applications for next year.

Some students are choosing to live in their cars due to the situation.

"I'll be living in my car until I can find another apartment," said Celeste Johnson, who just moved into Taos Co-op near UT.

Johnson says this dirty mattress and unclean bathroom are not acceptable.

FOX 7 spoke to a representative at the Co-op who said they'd be working with Johnson on the problem.

The best advice Austin Tenants Council gave is do your research before leaving a deposit or signing a lease, plan with enough time and know your rights.


Austin Tenants' Council

UT Division of Housing

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