Students from around the world choose Milwaukee as their destination to study and live. The Neighborhood Housing Office hopes to assist these students in their search for off-campus homes. Below are some tips on how to successfully rent to international students in Milwaukee.
|THINGS TO AVOID:
|THINGS TO DO:
|Requiring a credit check - Most students do not have established credit in the U.S. Unless they are employed, students also do not have social security information.
|Rather than a credit check, adopt a double security deposit policy for tenants.
|Exclusively verbal communication - Language can be a barrier while contacting international student tenants.
|Write down all communication with students to minimize confusion and track conversations.
|Requiring a cosigner –Most students do not have someone in the U.S. that can cosign.
|Ask the student to provide information similar to that already given to the university (e.g. identification, proof of funding or bank statement, etc.)
|Mailing a security deposit to students –Many students leave the U.S. after vacating a unit and mailing a check internationally can be difficult.
|Conduct a walk-through during move-out with the students, calculate a total for deductions, and return the remaining deposit in person.
|Creating an ad without images of the unit – Many students begin their housing search online before they enter the U.S.
|Provide photos, video, and clear description of the unit’s amenities and features that students can use to make their housing arrangement decisions.
|Explaining tenancy expectations solely through a lease – Students can find lease structures confusing, especially in a second language such as English.
|Clearly express your expectations of tenants verbally or through email.
|Making assumptions about a student’s rental or living experience in or out of the U.S.
|Ask questions throughout the student’s application, occupancy, and move-out stages.
Be patient. It can be stressful renting in a foreign country. Keep in mind that many countries don’t take leases as seriously as the U.S.