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Landlords and Miami develop standard lease

Landlords and university officials agree a standard lease developed for Miami students who live off campus will be mutually beneficial.

The lease, which has been adopted by several major Oxford landlords for use in 2003-2004, will better equip students to be responsible tenants, said Scott Blevins, Associated Student Government secretary for off-campus affairs.

The Oxford Student Community Relations Committee, which includes Oxford residents and students, has been working on the project for several years. Two committee members — Oxford landlord Jeff Schroer and Dick Nault, vice president for student affairs — spearheaded the project, spending time standardizing the language and sharing it with landlords.

"What we now have is a lease written in clear language that presents the obligations students have to landlords and the obligations landlords have to students," said Schroer.

Students contemplating moving off campus can pick up a copy of the standard lease well in advance, have their parents take a look at it and better understand what it says before signing, explained Schroer.

For example, if four students sign a rental contract it typically includes a provision about joint responsibility. "So if one housemate bails, the remaining three are still responsible for picking up that share. Every tenant needs to know and understand this," says Schroer.

The standard lease is based upon state law and structured so that a landlord can make it specific to an individual property.

Landlords and agents who have agreed to use the standard lease include CJ Management, College Property Management, Day Estates, Hometown Rentals Inc., Miami Properties, Oxford Real Estate, Potter Rentals, REMAX Alpha Real Estate Property Management and Swift Rentals.

These landlords and agents manage properties for more than 95 individual owners.

Other landlords are considering the possibility of adopting the lease. Some have chosen not to adopt the lease at this time because they believe their current leases are more useful to their individual situations, said Bobbe Burke, assistant to the director of student activities.

Date Published: 10/03/2002
Volume: 22   Number: 10


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