Leasing or renting a place to live off-campus can be a very exciting and positive experience. However, it can also be confusing and overwhelming. The following links will provide you with information and resources to help you successfully navigate your off-campus experience from signing a lease to moving out and getting your security deposit back:
Moving In & Out
You should receive a receipt for whatever deposits are paid. Getting a deposit back will be much easier if you keep your canceled check or receipt. Try to never pay in cash, it is harder to trace payments.
If your landlord requires a deposit, which almost all do, he or she must give you a summary statement of all damages initially existing in your apartment, including all housing code violations. You must then review the list, include any additional discrepancies, sign it, and return the list to your landlord . Your landlord cannot ask for more than two months worth of rent for your security deposit per the Connecticut Housing Law.
Before you move into your rental, inspect it and record anything that is in need of repair, damaged, or hazardous with a check-in form. If you find something wrong with the rental and it is not on the check-in form, make a note of it. Ideally, your property manager should be present when you inspect the property. After the inspection is completed, ask your property manager to sign the checklist to ensure that you both agree to the outcome of the inspection. If the property manager is not available for move in, send them a copy of your findings. Furthermore, be sure you and your property manager are in agreement as to how the problems will be fixed. How these problems will be fixed should be listed in your lease.
It is best to videotape or photograph your inspection of your rental. The key is to take pictures of everything. It is also important that you can prove that the pictures or video that you took are dated accurately
Be sure to take the same precautions when you move out of your rental to help prove your case regarding the condition you left your place in if it is challenged by your property manager.
If you do not hear from your property manager within 30 days after you have moved out of the rental and have provided a forwarding address, (or if you gave a late notice of forwarding address, 15 days after you give him/her the address), or if you believe your security deposit is being unfairly withheld, contact Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services.
Taking photographs or videotapes of the premises is also a good idea, especially if there is serious damage. Photographs should be independently signed and dated by a commercial film developer and or in agreement with your landlord. If you have questions regarding the health and safety of your property be sure to contact the local Housing Authority through the Town Hall.
Resources to Help with the Move
- Atlas Van Lines www.atlasvanlines.com
- Budget Truck Rental www.budgettruck.com
- Penske Truck Rental www.pensketruckrental.com
- U-Haul Truck Rental www.uhaul.com
- Andover Hillside Self Storage Center — 860-742-1644
- Avery Dan Storage Center (Somers, CT) — 860-749-9356
- Bolton Self Storage (Columbia, CT) — 860-228-8030
- Chaplin Commons Storage (N. Windham, CT) — 860-456-0475
- Columbia Rent-A-Space — 860-228-4734
- Coventry Self Storage LLC — 860-742-5540
- Daniel’ s Mini-Self Storage (Vernon, CT) — 860-871-9015
- Easy Does It Self Storage (N. Franklin, CT) — 860-887-2400
- Home Town Self Storage LLC (Pomfret, CT) — 860-963-1090
- Mansfield Self & RV Storage — 860-423-5677
- Murphy’s Storage Depot (N. Franklin, CT) — 860-642-1900
- North River Road Self Storage (Tolland, CT) — 860-870-4504
- North Windham Self Storage — 860-423-0497
- Stock/N Lock, (S. Windham/Norwich, CT) — 860-456-8544
- Stock and Lock, (Willington/Storrs, CT) — 860-429-9339
- South Windham King Storage (Windham, CT ) 860- 423-1010
- U-Haul (Columbia, CT) — 860-228-1886
- U-Store-It (Manchester/ South & East Windsor Enfield/ Ellington/ Bloomfield, CT) — 860-649-698