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					Living Off Campus
Brad Kenny Coordinator of Community Development bk24@drexel.edu

Who Am I?
215-895-6238  OffCampusHousing@drexel.edu
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Off Campus Housing  Alternative Spring Break  Community Service
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Handouts
Ready to Rent  Landlord List
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Campus Activities
Student Orgs  Commuters  Community Service  Leadership  OCH  Transfers
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http://www.drexel.edu/oca askoca@drexel.edu

OCH Web
Housing DB  Education  Contact Info  Resources
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Find Housing Location
How far?  Public Transit?  Parking?  Shopping /Entertainment?  Safety?
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Personal Safety
“Feel” of the neighborhood day and night  Walking alone at night  Public Safety
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http://www.drexel.edu/admin/publicsafety

Crimebase: http://cml.upenn.edu/crimebase/

Budgeting
Rent  Deposit  Utilities  Transportation  Insurance  Pets
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Roommates
Living together  Rules and Regs – Roommate Agreement
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Guests  Parties  Cleaning  Bills
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Finding a Place
www.drexel.edu/oca/och  http://www.businessservices.upenn.edu/offcampusliving/  Other sites  Pounding Pavement  API, Crossings, etc.
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6 months!

Walkthrough
Test everything!  Water pressure  Garbage disposal  Doors  Windows  Take notes!
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Leases
Binding contract  No legalese  Pets  Subleasing  Maintainance  Jointly responsible  Early termination
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Subleasing
Not a right  Usually requires written permission  Vs. transferring lease  Still may be responsible
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Moving In
Another walkthrough  Document with pictures – date stamp!  Walk with friends
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Living in Your APT. Fire Safety
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Smoke Detectors Partners for Good Housing Boston
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March 1 - BBQ February 2 - candle

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108 deaths, 81% off campus* Alcohol Smoking
* http://www.campus-firewatch.com

Insurance
Parent’s policy may not cover  Relatively cheap  Fire/Flood/Theft
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Rights
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Warranty of habitability Repairs Plain Language Security Deposit Certificate Partners for Good Housing Privacy Lockout Breaking Lease Remedies

Warranty of habitability
Unwaivable!!  Safe, fit structure  Heat at 68 between OCT and MAY  Infestation free  Working locks  Adequate light
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Repairs
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Landlord is responsible for repairs to keep building in good condition

Lease in Plain Language
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No legalese

Security Deposit
No more than two months rent  Interest bearing escrow  30 days after move out
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Certificate/Partners for Good Housing
L&I certificate  In effect September
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Privacy
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Adequate notice
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Emergency

Other tenants

Illegal lockouts
Right to Police Assistance  Writ of possession  Court process
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Breaking Lease
When necessity arises  Still responsible!
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Need to pay rent until landlord re rents apartment  Landlord is supposed to dilgently re rent the apartment
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Remedies
To ensure a habitable home  Seek Legal assistance!!!!
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Drexel facilitated discussion  L&I inspection  Repair and deduct  Withholding rent
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 Escrow

account

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Moving out
 Last

three are last resorts!

Responsibilities
Be a “good” neighbor  Respect diversity in all of its forms  Sanitation issues
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http://www.phila.gov/streets/trash_collection.h tml ; http://recyclingpays.phila.gov/ MONDAY

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Noise issues Leases

Responsibilities
Proactive in education  Contact landlord appropriately  Be responsible for damages  Keep a clean apartment  Pay rent on time
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Moving Out
Once again, documented walkthrough  Clean apartment  Forwarding address for Security Deposit  Future landlords tend to contact previous landlords
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Resources
http://www.drexel.edu/oca/och  http://www.ourturn.net  http://www.phila.gov/li
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Q&A


				
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