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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
     Off Campus Housing
     Alternative Spring Break
     Community Service
              Handouts
 Ready to Rent
 Landlord List
         Campus Activities
 Student Orgs
 Commuters
 Community
  Service
 Leadership
 OCH
 Transfers

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

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


   6 months!
            Walkthrough
 Test everything!
 Water pressure
 Garbage disposal
 Doors
 Windows
 Take notes!
                 Leases
 Binding contract
 No legalese
 Pets
 Subleasing
 Maintainance
 Jointly responsible
 Early termination
              Subleasing
 Not a right
 Usually requires written permission
 Vs. transferring lease
 Still may be responsible
              Moving In
 Another walkthrough
 Document with pictures – date stamp!
 Walk with friends
               Living in Your APT.
                    Fire Safety
   Smoke Detectors
   Partners for Good Housing
   Boston
       March 1 - BBQ
       February 2 - candle
   108 deaths, 81% off campus*
   Alcohol
   Smoking

                              * http://www.campus-firewatch.com
               Insurance
 Parent’s policy may not cover
 Relatively cheap
 Fire/Flood/Theft
                     Rights
   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
                   Repairs

   Landlord is responsible for repairs to keep
    building in good condition
        Lease in Plain Language

   No legalese
           Security Deposit

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

   Adequate notice
       Emergency
   Other tenants
            Illegal lockouts
 Right to Police Assistance
 Writ of possession
 Court process
               Breaking Lease

 When necessity arises
 Still responsible!
     Need to pay rent until landlord re rents
      apartment
     Landlord is supposed to dilgently re rent the
      apartment
                        Remedies
 To ensure a habitable home
 Seek Legal assistance!!!!
     Drexel facilitated discussion
     L&I inspection
     Repair and deduct
     Withholding rent
         Escrow    account
       Moving out
         Last   three are last resorts!
                Responsibilities
 Be a “good” neighbor
 Respect diversity in all of its forms
 Sanitation issues
       http://www.phila.gov/streets/trash_collection.h
        tml ; http://recyclingpays.phila.gov/
        MONDAY
   Noise issues

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

				
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