WKU Students Fighting For Renters' Rights Around Kentucky

By Jake Boswell | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- A student group at WKU is getting a surge of support as it tries to take changes in communities throughout the state. The WKU Student Coalition for Renter's Rights just started this summer. Without even having their first meeting, they've already received the attention of university president, Dr. Gary Ransdell, who gave them a shout-out on Facebook.

The group believes many people, not just students, may not be receiving the rights they deserve when it comes to renting an apartment or home.

"What's the landlords responsibility? What's the tenant's responsibility? There's legislation in Frankfort. This legislation your community can opt into. It addresses these problems and it makes an equal playing field for both sides," said Jay Todd Richie of WKU SRCC.

"She was faced with living in her car outside of Wal-Mart. She had complied with everything she had agreed to do. It's an unjust situation and there's more situations like that around the community," said Sally Wegert.

The group is already reaching out to state representatives in
Frankfort to try to get the law pushed through. The Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act will make every community have to opt in to fair renters' rights.

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