Salt in wound for Hahnemann residents: Thousands in fees to break apartment leases 

 

Medical residents at the closing Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia are scrambling to find new training positions and secure work visas — and avoid thousands of dollars in fees associated with breaking their apartment leases, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Some of Hahnemann's 570 residents are moving to new positions, but their landlords have not waived fees for breaking their leases. Residents interviewed by The Philadelphia Inquirer said they were on the hook for anywhere from $5,000 to $8,000 to break their leases. This is about 10 percent or more of resident salary at Hahnemann, which ranged from $50,000 to $60,000 per year, according to the report. 

The Philadelphia mayor's office has directed residents to the Tenant Union Representative Network and the Community Legal Services of Philadelphia to assist in negotiations with landlords, according to the report.

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