The vast majority of our students and landlords have very few problems, however, it is important that there is a good understanding between each landlord and student tenant. Therefore, I am writing to give you a few suggestions:
- Landlords should require students to sign a lease for a specific period of time. Leases can be obtained for a minimal cost at many stores. I suggest that provisions be made to allow students to leave after the first semester for those who have a change in educational plans, i.e., transfer or drop out of school.
- Students should clearly be told what the rules and regulations of their living arrangements are. The landlord should consider including them with the lease.
- A security deposit should be required. I suggest you charge an amount equal to at least one month’s rent. This should be returned to the student only after all possible expenses are cleared, i.e., damages, phone bills, keys returned, etc.
- Penn State, like all other institutions, is limited by the laws on privacy of student records (Buckley Amendment) in providing information about its students. Therefore, I would suggest that you obtain the student’s home address, phone number and other information that you feel you may need.
By completing and submitting this form, you understand that:
This acts as you requesting that Penn State place your housing, at the address listed below, upon the off-campus housing list that is made available by the University for its students.
The listing of your housing by the University does not constitute approval of the housing by the University and that the University assumes no responsibility with regard to the housing.
Your are free to set and enforce conduct standards for the housing listed. Within the limits of Federal and State Regulations mentioned below, selection of a tenant is your own.
In order to enable the University to comply with the Federal Regulations, this is also to advise you that you will make your housing accommodations available to all students without regard to age, sex, race, color, creed or national origin. You understand that if you fail to make your housing accommodations available without regard to age, sex, race, color, creed or national origin, your name will be removed from the list.
To further indicate your compliance with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, the housing accommodations you are requesting to list are either (1) in a building containing no more than two independent living quarters, one of which is your own bona fide residence, or (2) are rooms or apartments in a landlord occupied rooming house with a common entrance. Penn State further advises you to make my housing accommodations available to all students without regard to the age, sex, race, color, creed, or national origin of the student and without regard to the presence of a guide dog because of the blindness of the student, and, if you should not make my housing accommodations so available, you understand that your name will be removed from the list.
Before submitting, print this page and retain the copy for your files.
We appreciate your willingness to be involved in our off-campus living resource. Please feel free to contact Amy Gartley if you have any questions or concerns.