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Opportunity knocks at housing fair

Opportunity knocks at housing fair

By Sofia Syed, Arts & Life Editor

November 4, 2015


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Housing Guide

Finding the right place to live can be a challenge. There are many different factors to consider before signing a lease. The University of Akron’s off-campus student services wanted to help ease the confusion by holding an off-campus housing fair in the Student Union on Nov. 4. There were a varie...

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 Englehart owns five properties near UA’s campus and has rented to UA...

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 in the United Kingdom. These social media sites allow users to share...

Fair exhibits housing alternatives

Fair exhibits housing alternatives

By Grant Morgan, News Writer

March 5, 2015


Filed under Housing Guide, News, Showcase

UA’s Off-Campus Student Services held its annual housing fair in the Union on Wednesday, March 4, which gave students critical information on finding and choosing a place to live next school year. Around 25 tables, occupied by representatives from apartment complexes and housing companies, filled...

What to consider when renting or leasing

What to consider when renting or leasing

By Grant Morgan, News Editor

March 5, 2015


Filed under Housing Guide, News, Showcase

Students confronted for the first time with finding a place to live have many things to take into account, both when looking for and at a potential residence. Rentals and leases are nearly the same; however, rental properties operate on a monthly basis, while leases have a specified term length. Affordability...

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 for a blissful living environment. There is a lot to take into consideration...

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 St., Fir Hill, and University Edge were surveyed to gauge their views on a...

Tips for students on a college budget

Tips for students on a college budget

By Brittany Gregg, Opinion Editor

March 4, 2015


Filed under Housing Guide, Lifestyles, Showcase

For college students, saving money, or at least having money in your pocket, is vital. Whether one needs money for an emergency, to pay tickets, bills, or day-to-day meals, money is a must have. But what about the times when a person doesn’t have money and finds themselves calling mom and dad to...

Off-campus housing fair set for Thursday

Off-campus housing fair set for Thursday

By Parker Perry, Sports Editor

March 4, 2014


Filed under Housing Guide

Choosing where to live next school year is a huge decision. In deciding whether to move off campus or stay in a dorm, or to look for a different place to live rather than renew a current apartment lease, each student must pick carefully. One of the best places to start gathering informatio...

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 rent on time and keeps the rental unit in good condition. If the tenant damages the property or leaves ow...

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 I use this as an excuse to get out of the lease agreement early? A. It depends upon how serious ...

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 fee: The fee charged to cover the programs and services within a housing community. ...

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 not about the utility company turning off service (gas, electric, water, etc.) because the tenant failed...

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 or shut off utilities in order to force the tenant to solve the problem.  A lockout is when a land...

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 regarding what must be in the lease. However, there are several statutes that have limits or exclu...

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 homeowners carry a mortgage and must buy homeowner’s insuranc...

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 name and address information: This is important so you know how to contact...

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 and get answers to questions related to off-campus living. Student Union Room 152 330-972-5500 uakron.edu/offc...

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 referred to as a three-day notice). Note that some notices may contain extra language if you liv...

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 an apartment lease. What should I know? A. Ohio law outlines the basic rights and resp...