Many students make the decision to live in rental units in the neighborhoods near campus. Before signing a lease, it's important for students to know their rights and responsibilities as renters. Off-Campus Student Life, located at ASC 253 (651 962-6138), is specifically set up to provide information and guidance to students seeking to rent.
Make sure to inspect an aparment or house before signing a lease. Ensure any and all safety features are in working order, including, but not limited to:
- Doors and locks
- Windows and window locks
- Any exterior lighting
- Smoke detectors
- Carbon monoxide detectors
- Egress windows
- Garage doors and openers
Landlords, by law, are required to make sure a rental unit is:
- Fit to live in
- Kept in reasonable repair
- Kept in compliance with state and local health and housing codes
If, upon entering into a lease agreement, necessary repairs are not being made, or not being made in reasonable time, you can file a complaint with the St. Paul Department of Safety and Inspections.
If you live off campus and have an emergency situation at your residence, you must contact 911. Follow-up contact can then be made with Public Safety.
It is in your best interest to be familiar with St. Paul's social host ordinance. It is a misdemeanor to host a gathering in a residence where alcohol is possessed or consumed by underage persons.
Additional safety tips for renters:
- Keep all doors and windows locked, even when you are home.
- Do not keep valuables in plain view of uncovered windows.
- Report any damaged or malfunctioning locks, doors, or windows immediately to your landlord for repair.
- Reinforce doors with deadbolt locks and/or adjustable security bars.
- Reinforce sliding doors or windows with wooden or metal rods placed in the slide track.
- Do not open doors for strangers.
- If you see suspicious persons at your door or on your property, contact the police immediately.
Additional renter resources from the Office of the MN Attorney General: