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1 Educating and supporting students in their development of independent life skills o Helping students make informed choices about housing and roommates o Encouraging students to become knowledgeable and responsible tenants and community members o Assisting students in gaining the proficiency to problem solve when landlord and roommate difficulties arise o Advocating an off-campus student perspective in the residential rental market as well as city policy making University Memorial Center, room |

2 Our Student Services o Listings of available housing o Ralphies List o o Apartment Complex Guide o Annual Off-Campus Housing Fairs o Free legal advice o General landlord tenant advice o Lease reviews o Security deposit issues o Student outreach o Provide ordinance information o Pre-court letters o Community Living Class

3 Student Housing o Residence Halls o Bear Creek Apartments o Family Housing o Off-Campus Housing o 7,000 reside in residence halls and family housing and 1,000 at Bear Creek o A majority of upperclassmen live in Boulder and other localities (22,000) Housing Options: Who Lives Off-Campus?

4 Popular Boulder Neighborhoods North Boulder Goss Grove The Hill East Aurora Martin Acres

5 Where to Find Housing Our Resources: o Ralphies List o Housing Fairs: January 30th, and March 6th o Apartment Complex Guide Other Resources: o Local newspapers: Daily Camera and Colorado Daily o Craigs List (*note: find out if the unit is rental licensed, and take a friend with you to look at a place) o Private for-profit rental search companies

6 Our Recommendations o Know your roommates/know your landlord o Know the occupancy limit of the unit o Take a tour of the place o Talk to past tenants to get a good feel for the place o Get ALL communication in writing or o Dont sign too early- you might change your mind o Get a free lease review (UMC 313) o Know your lease and sign a roommate agreement o Fill out a check-in sheet and take pictures o Contact utility companies to get service

7 Legal Mumbo-Jumbo Important Lease Provisions: o Joint and Several Liability vs. Individual Liability o *Caution* Parental Guarantees o Required Lease Disclosures o Legal Number of Residents (Over-Occupancy) o Nuisance Abatement Strikes o Repairs o Who pays for cost o When will repairs be made o See Warranty of Habitability o Privacy vs. Right of Inspection o Interest on Security Deposit (.03%)

8 Unenforceable Lease Provisions o Contract remedies o Monetary damages vs. penalties o Liquidated damages, administrative costs o Four Red Flag Words 1. Forfeit/forfeiture 2. Fine 3. Penalty 4. Waive/waiver

9 Over-Occupancy o Boulder Ordinance, not a state statute o $2,000 per day fine o Both tenants and landlords subject o Over-occupying may save rent, but it costs more in the long run o Practical reasons not to over-occupy o may be grounds for breach of lease and/ or eviction o lose ability to enforce lease in court o lose ability to enforce roommate agreement

10 Noise and Parties Nuisance Parties: o Considered disruptive to neighborhood o $1000 fine plus court fees o Examples: o consuming alcohol in public o underage drinking o providing alcohol to minors o fighting o property damage o trespassing o littering & graffiti o fireworks o public urination o excessive noise o plus other general disruptive behavior Noise tickets: o Can be given ANY time of the day o After 11:00pm, anything louder than conversation level is grounds for a ticket. Nuisance abatement Host liability

11 Party Registration Program Avoid a $1,000 ticket by registering: o Register your Friday or Saturday night party with Off-Campus Housing o Provide us with the address, host name and phone number o Information is provided to Boulder Dispatch o If a NOISE complaint it made, you get a 20 minute warning to shut the party down and avoid the cops o If a second complaint is made, dispatch will notify the police

12 Inform your students to… o Check their lease and know what they are responsible for as tenants o Off-campus municipal violations = dealing with CU Student Conduct (even if its an off-campus infraction) o Be familiar with the Host Liability Law and other city ordinances o Never run from the police! Its best to handle the situation maturely and show the officers respect

13 QUESTIONS? Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations University Memorial Center, room 313 Phone:


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