Thursday, December 3

rentals

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Students caught paying thousands of rent for empty rooms amid pandemic – The Canadian News

University of Ottawa law student Nina Haroune has paid thousands of dollars in rent over the past four months for a downtown apartment just minutes from campus, even though she has been living with her family in Mississauga. The 23-year-old is one of many postsecondary students who are locked into off-campus leases despite returning home when classes moved online. "This situation left me in a very bad financial situation," said Haroune, who has been receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. "I had to trust CERB to continue paying my rent because job opportunities were scarce and I was here worrying about an empty apartment a few hours from me." Haroune said she moved to Ottawa in September 2019 to attend classes, but she moved into her home after the provincial state o...