This is a six hour course that is designed to provide practical education to help potential renters to both acquire and keep decent housing. It helps individuals who are likely to have trouble getting rental housing due to lack of experience or poor rental history, including evictions. Participants will receive a workbook and a certificate upon completion.
The Office of Residence Life posts off campus housing at the website listed below:
You can call 608.785.8076 to get general information.
Renters Insurance is a great way to protect yourself, is relatively inexpensive, and is usually pretty cheap. UWL alum, Scott Bramwell, shares his story in Renters: Get insurance! and will explain why it is so important to have renters insurance.
Other Places to Find Apartments
Signs and adds posted on and around campus.
In the yellow pages under apartments.
Some tips before you rent
Be sure you've read and understand the lease before signing. Here is a guide to some costly mistakes.
Remember who you live with is as important as where you live, so be sure to ask potential roommates questions about lifestyle to find a suitable roommate.
Make sure your finances is in order. Finances are the leading cause in roommate disagreements, bill discrepancies, eviction, and many other matters related to renting. Use this budget guide to help you organize your finances. Compare the costs involved with moving off campus by viewing our Off vs.On Campus Costs prezi.
Before you move into the apartment, do a thorough check-in including filling out a detailed inventory of the premises. Some landlords provide a form but if they don't, make sure you create your own rental Rental condition checklist.
View IMC!'s Rent Smart Prezi
These 10 items CANNOT be part of your renting agreement. If so, the lease is null and void.
Ten Deadly Sins of a Lease
Additional renting information, knowing your rights and filing complaints:
It is important to have clear understanding of what financial obligations you are agreeing to when deciding to live with a roommate. Keep in mind that if your roommate cops out of a payment obligation, the responsibility will ultimately fall to you and any other roommates. So choose your roommates carefully. Make sure to make an agreement on each of your responsibilities. (Sample roommate agreement below).
Set clear expectations about who is paying what. Define things like gas, heat, water, cable, and internet. Make sure everyone know who's paying what, how much and when.
Have regular meetings to discuss any issues you or your roommates may have with your current arrangement. Lack of communication can lead to anger and passive aggression.