What college students should know about renting an apt.
By Julian Teekaram, Weekend anchor/Video Journalist - bio | email
Lima Ohio -
Many apartment complexes throughout the city rent to college students, but one local landlord says the young tenants aren't the most savvy renters.
Property manager for Mount Vernon Village Apartments Marc Warsh... says there are three main things college students need to be aware of before they sign a lease with a landlord. The first piece of advice is to find a co-signor. Warsh says many landlords won't even rent to students under the age of 21 if they don't have a co-signor. Students should also consider the proximity of their college and how tolerant they are of roommates. The last tip is especially important since most students don't sign individual leases.
"The other thing to be sure you know who your roommates are, who they're going to be, are you going to make it with them. Because once you sign a lease you're locked in. You can't just leave," said Warsh.
It's also important for students to know what's expected of landlords. All of those responsibilities are outlined in the Ohio Revised Code-- Section 5321.