Some tips for living off-campus
Parents and students should read the lease application and lease agreement thoroughly before signing them. Any modifications after a lease is signed should be written and signed by both the landlord and renters.
Before signing a lease, contact the utility companies to find out how much the monthly utilities will cost. The landlord might need to grant permission for the information to be released. Contact the utility companies prior to move-in to ensure water, electric, etc. will be turned on upon arrival.
To protect the security deposit, videotape or take pictures when moving in and out of the residence.
Contact the landlord, in writing if necessary, if any problems arise in the residence. If the landlord fails to repair a problem, contact the Center for Student Legal Services for more options.
Be sure to make all rent payments on time. Never pay with cash, keep the residence safe and sanitary, be conscientious of neighbors and prevent others from damaging the property.