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EDUCATED RENTER’S

GUIDE

A resource for students living off campus


LIVING

ON CAMPUS Experience a sense of community and closeness to college life you won’t find anywhere else. “It’s like living at a mini-resort.” -Chanel Yamaguchi, BUS ‘17


When thinking about your next living situation, start your search on campus. Knowing campus costs and amenities will help you compare your offcampus housing options so you can determine what the right housing fit is for you. If you are considering living in campus apartments for 2016-17, here are your opportunities to apply or sign up on the campus housing interest list. Feb. 1-12, 2016: Current freshmen priority application window March 1, 2016: Interest list opened to current Poly Canyon Village and Cerro Vista residents, sophomore and older April 1, 2016: Interest list opens to all Cal Poly students

Enjoy convenience. Get together with friends or a study group over coffee. Stay active. Join a pickup game of basketball or lounge poolside. Savor the perks. It’s the extras that matter: utilities, Wi-Fi and light housekeeping included.


RESOURCES FOR LIVING

OFF CAMPUS Off-Campus Search Tools Search smart. Find rentals that are safe, clean and offer the amenities you’re looking for. For a current list of privately owned off-campus rentals, go to the off-campus page on the University Housing website.

Rental Averages Know what you can afford in San Luis Obispo. Here are the averages for 2015. $3500 $3000

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HOUSE APARTMENT NUMBER OF BEDROOMS

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O-Campus Housing Partners Meet with area property managers and make a side-by-side comparison at the annual Mustang News Housing Fair. Thursday, March 3 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dexter Lawn


G E T A H E A D S TA R T IN IN THE THE HOUSING HOUSINGRACE! RACE!


EDUCATED

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CERTIFICATE PROGRAM WANT YOUR RENTAL APPLICATION TO STAND OUT

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*Visit the website to see the complete list of property ercp.calpoly.edu management companies now accepting the Educated Renters Certificate.


TEN TIPS FOR LIVING WITH

ROOMMATES 1. Be clear from the beginning. Communicating what you need is one of the best ways to eliminate concerns before they become problems. Remember, your roommates can’t read your mind.

2. Address things when they’re minor. Don’t wait until you’re fed up to address problems or it may be hard for you to remain pleasant.

3. Respect your roommate’s stuff. Don’t borrow, use, or take anything without getting permission first. Set these boundaries from the beginning.

4. Be careful of who you bring into your apartment—and how often. Communicate with your roommates about guests before they arrive. Everyone should be okay with guests prior to their visit.

5. Be friendly, without expecting to be best friends. Don’t go into your relationships with your roommates thinking that you are going to be best friends. You should be friendly with your roommates but also make sure you have your own social circles.


6. Be open to new things. Your roommate may be from a different place than you. They may have a religion or lifestyle that is completely different from your own.

7. Be open to change. As the year progresses, realize things will change for you and your roommates. Be comfortable addressing things that unexpectedly come up, and flexible to your changing environment.

8. Address things before they get out of control. If you let things slide, you may suddenly find yourself with a roommate who goes wild. It’s never too late to deal with a problem head on.

9. Follow the golden rule. Treat your roommate like you’d like to be treated. No matter what your relationship is like at the end of the year, you can take comfort knowing you acted appropriately and treated your roommate with respect.

10. Remember to have fun, and learn from the experience. Great stories will come from your time spent living with your roommate(s).


PREPARING TO RENT

THE SEARCH •

Know who you will be living with.

Discuss lifestyle, roommate expectations and preferences.

Determine what you are looking for and the maximum rent you and your roommates can spend.

Look out for potential scams.

Understand the rules of where you will be living.

Ensure the rental is safe and fit to live in.

Line-up cosigners ahead of time.

Be ready to act—sign paperwork and pay—when you find housing.

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Begin your search early. Most complexes accept applications just after the first of the year.


UNDERSTANDING

LEASES

Understand the types of leases: month-to month vs. a longer term agreement.

Carefully read the lease, and ask questions. At age 18, you are legally responsible for all documents you sign.

Remember that you and your roommates are jointly and separately held responsible for rent.

Know when to pay rent, how to report repairs, and who is responsible for landscaping—you or your landlord.

Keep a copy of all rental documents.

Report problems to your landlord right away. You have 21 days after your lease begins to report needed repairs.

Consider renters insurance. Renters insurance is a low-cost option that can replace your stolen or damaged items subject to a $100 deductible. Cal Poly recommends GradGuard Renters Insurance™ to protect your belongings.


MAKING A

WISH LIST

What are your must-haves at your next place? Check your wish list items and share with your roommates. What’s the most you are willing to spend per month on rent?

$ Monthly cost (rent + utilities)

What deposit can you afford?

$ Tip: If a place is too expensive for any of your roommates, you may have to keep looking.


 Private bedroom  Shared bedroom  9-month lease  12-month lease    

 House  Condo  Apartment

  Walkable to campus  Walkable to downtown   Furnished Non-furnished

Other non-negotiables:

On-site laundry Parking Pet-friendly Storage Property cleanliness


PROBLEM-FREE

MOVE IN Before moving in, do an inspection. It’s your right to live in a place that’s clean and safe. First, notify your landlord of safety concerns and give them opportunities to address them. Then, if unsafe conditions persist, contact Code Enforcement at 805-594-8188.

When you inspect your place, snap away. Email the pics of problems to your property manager and hang on to them.

California law regulates when landlords are allowed to enter your premises. A landlord can enter a unit only for specific reasons, such as emergencies, by court order, when the property is abandoned, to make necessary repairs, or to show the unit for specific reasons. Landlords can only enter during normal business hours. 24 00 Reasonable notice (usually 24 hours) must be given in writing, with some exceptions. HR

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Move-In Checklist 

Electrical systems are free of exposed wires and/or broken face plates

All windows and doors open and close

Toilets flush, sinks drain

Free of moldy or musty smells

Lighting in all common areas

Properly installed and functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Free of water damage

Hot and cold water

Heating


STEPS TO

NEIGHBORHOOD Get to Know Your Neighbors • • •

Be invested in the community where you live. Strive for good communication. Be considerate and conscientious of your impact on others.

Clear Your Trash • Keep property free of trash. • Put out trash cans 24 hours prior to pickup and bring them in no later than 12 hours after pickup. • Trim weeds and lawns regularly and dispose of clippings properly.

Are you a good neighbor? Good neighbors are thoughtful, thinking beyond themselves. Before they act, they consider how their actions impact other people in their community.


WELLNESS Park Lawfully • •

Do not block driveways or sidewalks. Follow city parking ordinances—vehicles parked on the street longer than 72 hours may be cited and towed. Permits are required in many residential districts near campus.

Celebrate Respectfully • •

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The city noise ordinance is enforced at all times—not just after 10 p.m. Fines can be as much as $1,000 per citation. More than one citation may be issued at the same gathering. Residents can be cited for a first offense and are not entitled to a warning. Let neighbors know in advance when you hosting an event. Encourage them to contact you if there is too much noise. Be a responsible party host. Take steps to avoid party crashers. Keep the party indoors.


Don’t Be

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Neighbor

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Avoid making loud noises.

Be Classy, not Trashy Park Smart.

Pick up after yourself and your pets.

Park on the street or in your driveway.

Do you have a neighbor causing a disturbance?

Call SLOPD at (805) 781-7312 to report it.


Follow these good neighbor tips to avoid fines and other not-so-fun conflicts with your neighbors and the City. For more detailed information visit RespectSLO.com.

Garbage cans must be out of publlicc view at all times, except for 24 hourrs before and 12 hours after pick-up.

Couch hes, recliners and other in ndoor furniture are not all low wed in the front yard, porch or on th he ro oof.

Noise e cannott be heard 50 feet from yourr property y lin ne bett ween 7:00 AM and 10 0:00 PM.

Noisse can nnott be hea ard across your prop per t y lin ne betwe een 10:00 PM and 7:00 0 A M.

Do nott park k on your our ffront ront llaw lawn, wn, sidewa alk or block king a drivew way (even if i its your ow own). wn n) These are SLO O City ordina ances! Violations will not only ann noy your neighbors, but also put you u at risk of being ticketed d or fined.

RespectSLO.COM


STEPS FOR

VACATING

How to Get Your Deposit Back Cal Poly students who have lived off campus share these tips to boost your chance of getting your deposit back. Document problems. Take pictures of anything that needs attention. Keep it clean. Leave a mess, and you might not get all of your deposit back. Report needed fixes. For normal wear-andtear, don’t wait for your landlord to find it. Give notice. Early move-out is a big reason landlords keep deposits.


Walk Through You have the right to do a pre-move out inspection with your landlord. •

Address issues that could cause a deduction in your security deposit.

Provide a forwarding address to the post office and your landlord.

Turn in your keys.

Turn off utilities in your name.

Your deposit should be returned in 21 days and any deductions itemized.

Unwanted Furniture Leaving it behind isn’t just tacky, it can get you fined. Instead, you can: Donate it. Goodwill: 79 Santa Rosa St. Hospice Thrift: 445 Higuera St. Mission Thrift: 2640 Broad St. Dump it. San Luis Garbage: 805-543-0875 Call for a pickup ($10/item) during Clean-Up Weeks.


PHONE

CONTACTS EMERGENCY

911

ELECTRIC PG&E

800-743-5000

NATURAL GAS SoCalGas

877-238-0092

WATER & SEWER SLO Utilities Department

805-781-7133

GARBAGE/RECYCLING SLO Garbage Company

805-543-0875

PHONE, TV, INTERNET AT&T Charter Communications POLICE SLO Police Department

800-288-2020 888-438-2427

805-781-7312

HOSPITALS & URGENT CARE Sierra Vista 1010 Murray Ave

805-546-7600

French Hospital 1911 Johnson Ave

805-543-5353

Family & Industrial Medical 47 Santa Rosa St

805-542-9596

Med Stop Urgent Care 283 Madonna Rd

805-549-8880


BUILDING SUPERVISOR

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NEIGHBORS

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housing.calpoly.edu housing@calpoly.edu 805-756-1226

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Educated Renters Guide 2016  

A resource for students living off campus. Includes a move-in checklist, your rights as a tenant, and San Luis Obispo phone contacts.

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