Two years after de-enrolling from classes Hunter College in New York City, a 32-year-old woman refuses to vacate her dorm room, even though she’s received multiple eviction notices and a lawsuit.
Lisa S. Palmer, of Delaware, has not paid rent for the room at the school’s 425 E. 25th St. co-ed dormitory since 2016, according to an eviction lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
As a result of not leaving, Palmer “racked up a staggering $94,000 in unpaid residence hall charges on account of her continued occupancy, all the while ignoring Hunter College’s service of additional vacate notices,” said the suit.
Last fall a Hunter attorney sent an eviction notice to Palmer that read: “THIRTY DAY NOTICE OF TERMINATION.”
“You are required to vacate and surrender the premises on or before Oct. 31, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.,” the attorney wrote.
However, the former geography major says she does not plan to leave and her de-enrollment was actually a misunderstanding, reported the New York Post.
“I plan on fighting the lawsuit and while I fight it, I’m going to stay,” Palmer told The Post.
According to Palmer, Hunter refused to let her register for fall 2016 classes after she disputed her housing and tuition bill.
“I felt that it was a miscommunication initially, but after I met with the dean I felt that they were starting to treat me unfairly. It was like, ‘Get out,’” she told The Post.
Although she is the one refusing to leave, Palmer said dorm life is “really lonely” for someone in her 30s.
“I feel very isolated,” she told The Post.
When CBS New York asked Palmer if she planned to pay the debt, she basically said no.
“I don’t think paying it off is realistic, and I also don’t believe that I should have to pay it off,” she told CBS New York.
(Photo: CBS New York)