Now That You Have Moved Off-Campus

Inspecting Your New Residence
  • Never rent a residence or make a deposit without seeing your residence!
  • Before you move-in, walk through the residence in which you are going to rent, preferably with the landlord or staff.
  • Make note of any and all damage to items and structures, regardless of the size of the damage.
  • Make sure all damages are recorded and given to the landlord. Keep a copy of the recorded damage items.
  • Never move into a residence if it is not in acceptable condition. You may write down each of the problems or damages or take pictures to record the damaged items.
  • Both you and the landlord should have copies of that list to compare to damages when you leave the apartment at the end of the lease.

Access To Your Residence

The landlord and/or leasing personnel have the right to enter your residence under the following conditions:

  • You gave consent to enter (at reasonable times and with proper notice, such as to make repairs or to spray for bugs, etc).
  • In the case of an emergency.
  • You withheld consent over an unreasonable period of time.
  • You are absent from the residence over an extended period (only in situations that are warranted).

Renter's Insurance

It is always wise to insure your personal property because the landlord will not pay for your personal property loss. The insurance on the apartment building only pays for the building itself, not for the personal belongings of the tenants.

You first need to know how much rental insurance you may need. Once you decide to purchase renter's insurance, take an inventory of your belongings and their current value before seeing an insurance agent. Check with your family before purchasing rental insurance because you may be covered under their policy or you may become covered on that policy as a rider at a reduced rate.

Renter's insurance typically covers direct loss against fire, theft, and acts of vandalism to items such as furniture, electronic equipment, clothes, jewelry, paintings, photos, books, cameras, tools, etc. Read your policy carefully. Know what is and is not covered.