Tenants rights when being evicted

By Alicia Finch, Editor-in-Chief

March 5, 2015

Filed under Housing Guide, News

Being evicted from a rental property can be a stressful process. It is important for a renter to get a written agreement signed by both parties, and to know what type of lease—whether house or apartment—is being signed. Arne... Read more »

Social media: another window to climb into

By Zaina Salem, Managing Editor

March 5, 2015

Filed under Housing Guide, Lifestyles

Social media use is growing every day, and with it comes a new tool for potential burglars. Around 78 percent of former burglars use Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare to find empty houses, according to a study from Credit Sesame... Read more »

Ultimate roommate guide

By Sofia Syed, Arts & Life Editor

March 5, 2015

Filed under Housing Guide, Lifestyles, Showcase

Most people who attend college end up living with one or many roommates. Sometimes you don’t have the luxury of picking a roommate; however, if a choice is available, there are qualities you can look for in a roommate that make... Read more »

Students’ input on off-campus abodes

By Nicholas Summers, copy-editor@buchtelite.com

March 5, 2015

Filed under Housing Guide, News

Numerous students were interviewed from different off-campus residences to find out what some of the pros and cons were about their current living quarters. Residents of 401 Lofts, The Depot, 22 Exchange, south of E. Exchange... Read more »

The law concerning security deposits

March 4, 2014

Filed under Housing Guide

Reprinted with the permission of the Ohio State Legal Services Association. Q. What is a security deposit? A. A security deposit is a payment required by a landlord to ensure that a tenant pays... Read more »

When can you leave the lease early?

March 4, 2014

Filed under Housing Guide

Prepared by Columbus attorney Eric E. Willison of the Law Office of Eric E. Willison and reprinted with the permission of the Ohio State Bar Association Q. My landlord will not fix things around the apartment. Can... Read more »

Lease lingo

March 4, 2014

Filed under Housing Guide

Some terms commonly found in leases: Application fee: The fee charged to process your application. Some properties that cater to UA students will waive this fee as part of their recruiting strategy. Activity... Read more »

Landlord can’t shut off utilities

March 4, 2014

Filed under Housing Guide

Reprinted with the permission of the Ohio State Legal Services Association Q. What is a utility shutoff?
 A. A utility shut-off is like a lockout in the context of landlord-tenant law. This is... Read more »

What happens if my landlord locks me out?

March 4, 2014

Filed under Housing Guide

Reprinted with the permission of the Ohio State Legal Services Association Q. What is a lockout? A. If a landlord has an unresolved problem with a tenant, the landlord may try to change the locks... Read more »

Landlord-tenant rights and obligations

March 4, 2014

Filed under Housing Guide

Reprinted with the permission of the Ohio State Legal Services Association Q. What must my lease include? A. There are no minimum content requirements under Ohio law. Ohio law is actually silent... Read more »

Protect valuables with renter’s insurance

March 4, 2014

Filed under Housing Guide

Prepared by Mary Jo Hudson, former director of the Ohio Department of Insurance, and updated by William J. Reynolds, an attorney in private practice in Cincinnati. Reprinted with the permission of the Ohio State Bar Association. Most... Read more »

Lease checklist

March 4, 2014

Filed under Housing Guide

What to look for in your lease: ✓ Listing of location and whether it is a room or an entire property: Make sure the lease lists whether you are renting a room and the common area, or the entire apartment. ✓ Landlord... Read more »

Resources for renters

March 4, 2014

Filed under Housing Guide

Off-Campus Student Services A one-stop resource for students who live off campus or plan to live off campus, their parents, and landlords. Helps students locate housing, find roommates... Read more »

Know your rights with respect to the eviction process

March 4, 2014

Filed under Housing Guide

Reprinted with the permission of the Ohio State Legal Services Association Q. How does the eviction process start? A. All evictions in Ohio must begin with a “Notice to Leave Premises,” (commonly... Read more »

What students should know about leasing

March 4, 2014

Filed under Housing Guide

Prepared by attorney Doug Holthus of Poling | Petrello’s Columbus office and reprinted with the permission of the Ohio State Bar Association. Q. I attend college away from home and am getting ready to sign... Read more »