It’s no secret in Morgantown, W.Va. – landlords are rumored to be untrustworthy, lazy business people that will rip you off for everything you’re worth. If you’ve been a resident of off-campus housing and never had an issue with your landlord, consider yourself lucky. Many students aren’t pleased with the hand they’ve been dealt.
Fortunately, WVU is in the process of implementing construction plans to improve living conditions for students (College Park redevelopment, University Place and University Park), so it’s time we do our part to make a difference as well.
It’s easy to complain and blame your living problems on someone else, but did you do everything on your end to ensure a good living environment? The university and the Internet provide some valuable tools that students can use to avoid those dreaded slumlords.
- Student Legal Services: While SLS cannot provide representation, they can provide you legal advice…especially when it comes to leases, contracts and other landlord/tenant issues.
- WVU Office of Student Life: This online resource gives you information on off-campus housing fairs and an easy way to search for your next house based on number of roommates, price, pets, etc.
- Guide for Living Off-Campus: This document gives you advice on almost everything you need to know to live off-campus happily. You can find a budgeting page that allows you to plan how much money you will be spending on rent and utilities and how to do that wisely. You can also find advice on how to pick a good location and inspect it before signing your lease.
- DubVLandlords.com: This website was created in 2007 by a group of WVU alumni who were dissatisfied with their off-campus living while in school. Since then, it has grown exponentially in information and popularity. You can see which landlords made the “Top Ratings” list and which ones were just plain terrible. It allows past tenants to leave comments warning potential tenants what they are getting themselves into…good or bad. Additionally, you can search through off-campus housing availabilities and get information on utility companies in the area.
- My Morgantown Security Deposit, LLC: My Morgantown Security Deposit says, “Getting your security deposit back should be a black and white issue,” and they will help you get back what you deserve.
- Parking and Traffic (via Student Legal Services): Parking is an accompanying problem that students face when figuring out where to live. This page provides you with information on parking garages and lots available to students, parking maps for downtown and Evansdale, rates for various garages on campus and parking alternatives for all of the above.
Utilizing your resources can save you a lot of stress and money. These tools allow you the chance to solve your problems and/or completely avoid them in the first place.