7 Tips for Keeping Your Apartment Warm

A few pointers on staying warm in your college apartment, from a college renter.

1. Plastic over windows – An easy and inexpensive way to keep heat in your room rather than allowing it to escape through the windows, after all you are paying for it so you might as well try to keep it inside! These kits can be purchased at a local hardware store, or you can take the do-it-yourself approach…all you need is plastic, strong tape, and a hair dryer.

2. Mini space heater – Warm up your room before bedtime with an energy efficient mini space heater. Let it run for about 30 minutes to warm your room.

3. Draft snake – Add a creative touch to your apartment plus a little bonding time with your roomies by making your own draft snakes. Check out Pinterest for some ideas on how to insulate your apartment from drafts. Sand, rice, or dry beans can be used as the stuffing, just be careful not to get the draft snake wet.

4. Switch the ceiling fans to turn the opposite way – Push the warm air towards you.

5. After using the oven, leave the door open – A great way to let the heat out of the oven and warm your apartment on a cold day. Keep an eye on curious pets.

6. Close storm windows – If your apartment has windows that open, be sure all outside storm windows are closed and the inside window is closed tightly shut and locked.

7. Close outside doors – Be sure all outside doors are closed, and if there’s a gap at the bottom that lets in a draft, ask your landlord to place weather stripping on the door.


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  1. To provide student tenants with rental education and information before signing a lease.
  2. To help current student tenants resolve housing issues.
  3. To provide housing mediation services at no cost to student tenants & property owners.
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Fall 2012-Best Practices and Tips for Renter

1.    Return your Information check-in sheet on time.
The completed Information check-in sheet is due no later than 7 days from move in.  Completing and returning this form protects your security deposit.  If you do not return the form to your landlord it will be presumed that everything is in good condition when you assumed possession of the apartment.  Be sure to make a copy of the completed form for yourself.
We also recommend you take & keep photos of the property when you move in to record condition.
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  1. Complete the Informational check- in sheet provided to you by your landlord.  You have 7 days from occupancy to complete and return it to your landlord.
  2. If you did not get an Informational check-in sheet, contact your landlord to request one.
  3. Be thorough when filling out the check in form.  Be sure to record the condition of the unit in detail upon move in.
  4. Valuable suggestion:  Take pictures upon move in to document the condition of the unit.
  5. Make a copy of the completed Informational check-in sheet for yourself before returning to the landlord
  6. Remember the Informational check-in sheet is not a maintenance request.  If the unit is in need of repairs upon move in, make a separate request for maintenance to the landlord.

Subletting-Did you know!

Did you know if you sublet your apartment you will still be on the lease?

Even though you will not be living in the apartment you will still be on the lease.  If your sublettor does not pay the rent or damages the apartment, you will be responsible to pay.

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A Quick Guide to Subletting Your Apartment

A Quick Guide to Subletting Your Apartment

Whether you plan on studying abroad for a semester, going home for the summer, or graduating before the end of your lease term, subletting your apartment is a great way to help defer some of your rental costs while you are away. There can be pitfalls with subletting. To help prevent any problems and make the process as easy as possible, keep the following things in mind:

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