Why You Should Wait to Sign a Lease

Are you ready to sign your off-campus lease for next year? The Neighborhood Housing Office recommends that you wait! Landlords won’t officially know if they have available units until 60 days before a lease ends, so if you are looking to move in July 1st, for example, you should start your search in April. Additionally, our office is offering programs during Spring 2019 that will assist you in your off-campus housing search. NHO Week will take place April 15th-19th and consists of a series of events focused on giving student renters access to the resources necessary for a successful off-campus living experience.

NHO Open House

The first event of NHO Week is the NHO Open House. This is an opportunity for students to meet our staff, ask any rental questions, and eat some delicious snacks! We will have small giveaways and other prizes for students who stop by our office.

Preferred Tenant Program

The Preferred Tenant Program is a one-night education seminar for students who plan on renting off-campus. The seminar is designed to provide students with fundamental resources and knowledge about living off-campus. Completion of the program offers incentives from specific landlords and property management companies. Presenters at this seminar include the Neighborhood Housing Office, University Legal Clinic, Dean of Students Office, UWM Police Department, Milwaukee Police Department, and the Department of Neighborhood Services. Incentives include $250 off your security deposit or 2% off your monthly rent from participating landlords. Because we are a student segregated fee funded office, the Preferred Tenant Program is offered at no cost to students!

Housing Fair

The Housing Fair is an opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with local rental companies and landlords. Students can ask questions with help from our Questions to Ask Rental Companies worksheet and learn what is available on the Milwaukee rental market. This event takes place in the Union Concourse and is free to students with no registration required!

Rental rates generally decrease as the rental market becomes more competitive. Since many students are around for the Fall and Spring semesters, many leases become available in June, July, August, and September. There is no shortage of available rentals off-campus. Do not allow a landlord to pressure you into signing a lease right away! Our listing service has over 100 units available for you to view when the time is right, and you can find available rentals in a variety of places online and in-person. If you find a place not listed on our listing website, look at other students’ rental company ratings and call our office so we can perform a free a background check on both the landlord and the property. For more renting tips, stop by the Neighborhood Housing Office in Union WG85!

Article Written by Natalie Kugler