Read guidelines for being a good neighbor if you live off campus.
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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.
- Do not engage in, or allow, any illegal activity.