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Housing help
« on: August 22, 2012, 02:48:16 pm »
My school's just told me that I have to leave my apartment at the end of August - which is almost four weeks before my contract runs out on September 26. They have not offered any alternative accommodation, and simply expect me to stay with a friend until I find a new job.

Surely, schools have to provide accommodation for the full 12 months? I feel like they're taking the piss, but I'm not sure what to say as I want to end on good terms and not jeopardise my severance pay/a good reference.

Any suggestions?


Re: Housing help
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2012, 02:53:11 pm »
Public, Private?

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Re: Housing help
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2012, 02:53:55 pm »
How did you respond when they said that?
What does your contract say?
Who is your employer?
Sure, everyone's first reaction would be that is outrageous and you mustn't stand for it.
If they needed you to move out for whatever reason (their lease expired) then they would have to provide an alternative, or at the very least compensation for you to find something on your own.
Is there any other pertinent info you can share?
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Re: Housing help
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2012, 02:58:43 pm »
I would take a close look at the language in my contract.  But they're right, what's your situation?  Hagwon?  Public school?


Re: Housing help
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2012, 03:07:32 pm »
I'm at a hagwon - it's a small franchise in a large chain.

They say that the lease expires at the end of the month, although it was only taken out January when they moved me from one apartment to another. They would have known then that my last day was the end of September.

I haven't said much yet, they kind of threw me a bit and I want to try and resolve the situation as diplomatically as possible, but I've only got a week to do it.


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Re: Housing help
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2012, 03:11:39 pm »
Does your contract say that they will provide housing for the full 12 months?
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Re: Housing help
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2012, 03:22:43 pm »
Here's my contract, the wordings a bit vague, but should the terms apply from the start of the contract to the end?


2.1 The Employee will be provided with a single furnished apartment. The
apartment will be provided at no cost to the Employee with the exception of
utilities and housing management fees associated with the apartment.
The Employee housing will be fully furnished with basic necessities such as
a bed (with bedding), kitchen supplies, TV, TV stand, desk, and a chair. All
accommodations will also come with an AC unit, a washer, and a closet. It is
recommended that the Employee bring some money for the first month of
employment. However, it only applies to the new teacher who uses housing
from the company.

2.2 The Employee has the duty to preserve the condition of the housing and
furnishings until the end of this contract. If they are damaged or destroyed,
the Employee must restore them to their original state or pay for the
replacement of the same standard of quality.
The employee has a duty to fill the housing condition checklist during the
first week of occupancy. If it is not submitted by the first week, the employee
has a responsibility to pay for all of the damages not reported to the campus.

2.3 200,000KRW will be deducted from each of the Employee’s first three
paychecks for a total of 600,000 KRW to be used as a security deposit.
This deposit will cover any unpaid services, bills, damage and airfare in the
event that the Employee fails to pay or fails to fulfill 6 month of the
Employee’s contract. The Employer will hold the full amount of the security
deposit until all bills paid. The remaining amount will be returned to the
Employee after all bills have been paid at the end of contract. However, the
Employee who renews the contract and has already paid the security deposit
will not be required to pay the security deposit again.

2.4 The Employee is eligible to receive 300,000 KRW a month as a housing
allowance if the Employee does not require housing provided by the
Employer. The Employee must submit the Housing Allowance Request form
to the Employer to receive this housing allowance at the signing of this
contract.


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Re: Housing help
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2012, 03:46:35 pm »
Here's my contract, the wordings a bit vague, but should the terms apply from the start of the contract to the end?

Yes.

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2.1 The Employee will be provided with a single furnished apartment.

Your contract is your friend.

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Re: Housing help
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2012, 04:06:46 pm »
Ok, thanks.

If my school doesn't want to stick the terms of the contract, who should I contact? Would the labour board be able to help? And if so, how do I find my nearest labour office?