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Be aware of the common red flags that can have negative effects on your experience as an off-campus renter. If you are mindful of the hazards, you will be more apt to making the best and safest decisions for yourself.
More than 3 non-related people living in a rental home is not legal in the local area. Furthermore, accommodating more people than one individual in a permitted bedroom is unsafe.
It is fairly standard to be asked to provide one (or two, at most) month's rent plus the security deposit (typically equaling one month's rent). If you are asked to provide additional months in advance you should consider if that arrangement is in your best interest.
Cameras inside the house are NEVER acceptable. If you see one you should not rent the property. It is illegal to monitor tenants this way!
Asking for any form of payment before meeting or signing the lease or telling you to wire money is never safe. Do not send money to someone you have never met for an apartment you have not yet seen.
Flyers or ads for housing in your home country or native language may seem safe but the homes can be illegal, unsafe, or even occupied by too many students.
Some scammers hijack rental ads by changing the contact information and can effect even the most reputable rental websites. For this reason, we encourage you to look at our listings exclusively and only look at outside websites if you take caution.
Blocked exits and lack of smoke detectors are very concerning fire hazards. See our Safety page for more details about Fire Safety.
Make sure to look at the electrical system in the home to check for faulty or unsafe wiring. If someone does not look right, it probably is not!
Turning a living room, garage or basement into a bedroom is illegal unless properly permitted by the town.
All listings options provided on our website are legal and properly permitted but if you choose to search through other sites, please be cautious to ensure the rentals are safe and permitted.
All tenants have the right to protect themselves through a written contract. If your potential landlord insists on not having a binding contract, find a new rental!