Upper floors face prolonged delays at 'The Standard'

Oct. 12, 2016: Move-in dates have come and gone and many students are still waiting to move into their off-campus apartments at The Standard.

Move-in date for some UT students still waiting for a place at The Standard Knoxville apartment complex has been pushed back once again. 

After nearly two months of delays, the first round of students moved into floors one through four Sunday. 

In September, a spokesperson with Landmark Properties, which owns The Standard, said the apartments would be ready by no later than Oct. 12. If the units were not ready by that date, the tenants could terminate their lease with no penalty. 

The apartment complex has since pushed back the move-in date for floors five through eight once again. 

In an email students say The Standard sent them, it states that tenants on the fifth floor should plan to move in by Friday, and future residents of the sixth floor might be able to move in Sunday. No date is mentioned for the seventh and eighth floors. 

"I wish I could say it was surprising, but it's happened so many times at this point I'm used to it," said Lanna Turner, a student who has not been able to move in yet. 

Turner chose not to live in the hotel accommodations the apartment complex offered to pay for students in the meantime, opting instead to live with friends. 

She said she thought about terminating her lease, but there are not very many options close to campus mid-semester. 

"It's hard to find a lease in October that's what we're looking for," she said, "and all of those leases have already been taken up so they've just really put us in a sticky situation." 

Beverly Banks was one of the lucky few to move into the apartment building's lower floors on Sunday. 

She said she is happy to have her own space after living in the Hampton Inn on Cedar Bluff Road, but the apartment amenities are not finished yet. 

"What we were shown when we signed our lease was, you know, these amenities and all of this, you know, great things and 'The Standard,'" Banks said. "And here we are, we're not getting what we were promised." 

The apartment complex emailed students that they would receive 25 percent off their November rent if the amenities were not structurally complete. This includes a pool deck, club room and fitness center. 

Banks said living in a construction zone is not ideal, but she is optimistic things will get better. 

As for students like Lanna Turner still waiting to move in, she said she is just ready to have a room to herself and a place of her own after so many delays.

"Where you live should be a constant in your life," she said, "and that hasn't been the situation for anyone that's living in The Standard so far." 

(© 2016 WBIR)


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