Read guidelines for being a good neighbor if you live off campus.
Follow these tips to be a responsible tenant and neighbor, and avoid conflicts with neighbors or legal action:
Pay your rent on time. If you cannot pay when the rent is due, contact your landlord to explain the situation, and give a date when you can pay.
Inform the property manager when anything needs to be repaired. It is best to hand-deliver a request in writing with a witness, or send it by certified mail. (Remember to keep a copy for yourself.) Keep accurate, organized records of all requests and transactions between you and your landlord.
Obey the laws of your neighborhood and apartment complex. Every neighborhood is different. Make sure you understand any rules set by a homeowner's association in your area. If you fail to comply with its policies, you might be subject to a lawsuit.
Get to know your neighbors. Understand that neighbors who are not college students may not be on a student schedule.
Notify your neighbors if you plan to have a gathering. They may respond better if you have built a relationship and given them notice.
Avoid hosting social functions that may cause problems with neighbors.