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You're Moved In, Now What?

Living off-campus can be a fun and rewarding, as well as a good learning experience for all such as housing rights and responsibilities, involvement on and off campus, safety, security, and how to #PartySmart!

Below are some important resources and topics to keep in mind when living off-campus.

Hook Up Your Utilities

Gas, electric, water, and cable/internet. Generally, it is your responsibility to contact the utility companies to set up your utilities. Read your lease or ask your landlord which companies you need to contact. Utility costs vary based on the type of service, age of home and appliances, and your energy usage.  Ask the previous tenants about their monthly average utilities cost.  When you move out, you will need to call the utility companies to end service.

Complete Move-In Checklist

Document Issues: At move-in, document any and all issues and damage to the property using a Move-In Checklist. A sample of a move-in checklist can be found in the right hand side panel. Make a copy of the checklist for your records and provide a copy to your landlord within the first 7 days of the lease term. You could be held responsible for pre-existing damage and possibly lose your security deposit if you do not document pre-existing issues and damage.

Pictures: Take pictures so that you have visual documentation of any pre-existing damage (preferably prior to moving in furniture).  Email the pictures to your landlord with the move-in checklist. This ensures that timestamped documentation is on record.

Video: You also may want to video record the entire unit in one recording (do not stop or pause at any time). As mentioned above, after you record the rental unit, email yourself and your landlord a copy of the video so that you have the date and time of the recording.