Consider these steps to take when
moving into an off-campus property.
Inspect the property.
Before you move in, arrange a time to inspect the
premises. Bring a rental checklist or room rental checklist with you.
Walk through with the rental checklist, and mark the conditions of all
rooms, walls, windows, light fixtures, and furniture (if it's a furnished
Inform your landlord if any part of the property is in
poor condition. This will prevent you from having to pay for something
that was already damaged when you first moved in.
Conduct a second walk-through about 2 weeks after
living in the rental unit. This is important because you will discover
some things only after living in the unit.
Document all defects, and get
agreements for repairs in writing.
Consider taking photos as proof of any damages (use a
camera that automatically imprints the date on each photo, if possible).
Save the photos for when you move out in case you need to withhold costs
from your security deposit. When repairs are needed, document them in
writing and have the property manager or owner sign to that effect.
Set up utilities and other services.
Note: Ask the landlord which utilities you, as the tenant, are
responsible for setting up and paying.
Last Updated 9/17/10