Finding the right place to live
Moving can be a harrowing experience if you are not prepared. You may still have to attend class, work, and study while packing boxes, all the while trying not to lose track of your backpack and other essentials.
So, before you move, consider some pre-planning activities to help make your move go smoothly. If possible, give yourself at least six months to look around and find the right place for you. If you start early, you may find a great deal on a apartment, house, or duplex.
If you need answers to your moving off campus needs, Stuent Legel Services can assist in:
reviewing leases with you to analyze its terms and what they mean for you
helping students who already live off-campus and are having a difficult time with thier landlord
Student Legal Services is located on the third floor of the West side of the Student Union Building, Room 307. You can reach them at 806-742-3289 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/sls/.
Know who to contact when you have questions about moving. Keep this list handy throughout your moving and save it just in case you have additional questions in the future.
Student legal Services
student union building, Room 307
City of Lubbock Code Enforcement
1625 13th St., Room 105
Your Rights as a Renter
There are six simple, but very important, points to remember when searching for a new place to live:
- Safety first !
- All leases are nogotiable. You can negotiate the term of the lease, move in date, the rent, the move out notice and many other term in the lease
- Do not give in to a high pressure rental agent. Take the proposed lease and review it before signing anything.
- Always fill out the inventory sheet provided by your landlord and return it promptly. Take pictures of the problems you list on the inventory sheet and any other areas you think will be a problem later
- Once you sign the lease you are bound by the terms of the lease. The lease becomes a legally binding contract that is difficult to break.
- In order to establish your rights against a landlord, you must be current with your rent.
Determine your needs
Know what you want before you start looking for a new place to live.
Will you have roomates? How many?
How many bedrooms and bathrooms will you need?
Do you have a pet(s)?
How far away from the campus do you want to live?
Use the following points to guide you in your search. Inspect your rental from top to bottom and write down everything you notice. Be sure to check for:
- needed repairs
- roaches and other insects
- rodents and other droppings
- water leaks inside and outside the house
- water stains on hte ceiling(indicative of a leaking roof)
- any electrical problems or hazards (bare or frayed wires, wires sticking out of the ground)
- plumbing problems
- musty odors, mildew, mold
Give a copy of the list to the landlord and make sure the repairs are made prior to signing the lease. A sample check list is provided for you.
Be sure you are satisfied with the place, the services your landlord will provide, and that you are in a secure location. Ask the landlord to change the locks or have them re-keyed. If the landlord does not agree, you have a few choices:
- ask again and explain your concerns, remain respectful
- offer to make the changes and ask for reimbursement; give the landlord a copy of the new keys
- offer to make the changes without reimbursement; give the landlord a copy of the new keys
- thank the landlord for his/her time and move on to the next rental
Housing Compliance Rules and Regulations
The City of Lubbock regulates compliance for housing. If you are considering having roommates, please contact the code Enforcement office and find out what compliance guidelines you should follow.
City of Lubbock Code Enforcement
- up-to-date information on rental information important to you, such as how many non-realted roomates are followed in a house or apartment
- Zoning violations and property use requirements
- junked vehicles on private property
- weeds and rubbish on private and public properties
- substandard structures that are unsafe for habitation
1625 13th St.,Room 105
Always ask questions
When finding the right place to live, it's important to know what to ask. Gather as much information as possible so you can make an informed decision. Before you sign a lease.