The Heights of Fear
UB takes hands-off attitude in South Campus neighborhood, students suffer consequences
Published: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Updated: Monday, February 25, 2013 00:02
SBI Legal Assistance gives legal advice to many students with landlord issues. Daniel Shonn, an SBI legal assistance attorney, said 60 percent of all issues brought to him are from students in the Heights.
Shonn said international students regularly sign leases overseas and often end up unhappy or with complaints. A large percent never get their security deposits back before they go home, he said.
Like Taylor, Shonn doesn’t believe UB has taken the necessary steps to eradicate issues completely in the Heights, like absentee landlordism.
“UB has made promises to invest in the University Heights a number of times,” Shonn said. “Almost every president has made some promise about trying to improve the quality of life in the University Heights. And I don’t know if anyone has ever done it. I think Dan Ryan has at least the best handle on what’s going on, but what we don’t seem to be able to do [like other colleges] is go out, buy a lot of housing, fix it up, manage it.”
So long as the university continues to insist living in the Heights is a choice, students may have to choose a life of fear.
*Taylor Brundage is a Spectrum staff writer