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*DISCLAIMER: Appalachian State University offers this site as a convenience to the University community. The University does not manage or own any of the properties listed here, with the exception of University Highlands. The University has made no independent investigation of, and makes no representations or warranties regarding, the suitability, fitness, condition or safety of the properties listed on this site or the accuracy or completeness of the information provided. The University does not recommend or endorse any of the properties or companies listed on this site. It is the sole responsibility of the students or other users of this site to check out the properties and/or landlords listed. The University is not responsible for any liability or damage arising from the use of information on this site.

Security Deposits: What to know if your lease will be ending this summer

Published May 2, 2017 By Karla Rusch

Most off-campus rentals require payment of a security deposit before a tenant moves in.  Under North Carolina law a security deposit is fully refundable if the tenant has paid rent every month and has not damaged the rental property.  Unfortunately, security deposits are not always promptly returned after a tenant moves out.  Here are a few tips to help you get your security deposit back:

  1. Know the security deposit law. 

The North Carolina “Tenant Security Deposit Act” requires landlords to refund a tenant’s security deposit within 30 days of the end of the tenancy (typically the end of the lease period). If the security deposit is not fully refunded, the landlord must provide a written accounting of how the deposit was used. The security deposit can only be used to cover the specific types of costs incurred by the landlord that are listed in the Tenant Security Deposit Act. These include unpaid rent, damage to the rental property caused by the tenant, and the cost of re-renting an apartment after a tenant has breached the lease (in other words, administrative costs incurred by the landlord if a tenant moves out early). The Act expressly states that the security deposit may not be used to cover damages caused by ordinary wear and tear – and that the amount deducted must be based on the actual costs of the landlord.

  1. Document, document, document!
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Published April 3, 2017 By Karla Rusch

Are you subletting your apartment for the summer?  If so, here are some important tips to help you have a good experience.

A subletter is a substitute tenant who lives in your apartment (or rental house) and pays your share of the rent for a period of time when you’re not living there.  Most leases allow subletting, but usually require notification and approval by the landlord.  Check your lease and talk to your landlord before arranging a summer sublet!  Sometimes the other tenants in the apartment must also approve the subletter before the landlord will allow that person to move in. 

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Off-Campus Student Advisory Council seeking members for next year!

Published March 23, 2017 By Karla Rusch
The Off-Campus Student Advisory Council, a collaboration between Student Government Association (SGA) and Off-Campus Student Services, is seeking members for the 2017-18 academic year.  The Council is designed to provide guidance and feedback about the needs of off-campus students.  In that role, the Council is also involved in a variety of projects and activities aimed at off-campus students.  
The following criteria apply:
* Must be a registered Appalachian State student during the 2017-18 academic year
* Must be living off-campus during the 2017-18 academic year
* Must be able to commit for the full academic year
* Must be able to attend monthly meetings
* Must be willing to devote additional time and effort outside of monthly meetings to working on projects and events (time commitment will vary based on the Council's agenda)
* Must be motivated to bring ideas and energy to building an effective organization for off-campus students
If you're interested, please email Karla Rusch at ruschkp@appstate.edu by the end of the day on Monday, March 27.  Interested students will receive more information, including a short application form.  Based on the Council's by-laws, the number of members is limited to 15. However, if we have a significant response, we will look into creating an additional/ larger off-campus student working group.  We look forward to hearing from you! 


Off-Campus Housing Resources for 2017-18

Published March 1, 2017 By Karla Rusch

For students who are still making plans for off-campus housing next year, be sure to check out the App State Off-Campus Housing Database.  The database, which provides detailed listings of rental properties in the Boone area that are currently available or available for Fall 2017, is a great starting point for finding off-campus housing.  After identifying rental properties that fit your criteria for cost, location, and size, be sure to visit each property you are considering.  Look around, ask questions, and gather as much information as possible about the things that are most important to you in a living situation.   Finally, be sure to read and understand the lease before you make a commitment!  A licensed attorney can review your lease with you through the Student Legal Clinic.  Just call (828) 262-8284 to schedule an appointment.


Published January 30, 2017 By Karla Rusch

The 2017 ASU Housing Fair is happening next Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the International Hall of Plemmons Student Union.  Approximately 20 rental companies will be participating. This is a great opportunity to get lots of information about many different rental properties available in Boone for next year (2017-18 academic year).  SGA is holding a drawing for an iPad Mini for students who attend the Fair.  Off-Campus Student Services will be there giving away Stick Boy cookies, with a personalized "housing consultation", so be sure to stop byHousing.Fair flyer!

The Off-Campus Student Services Office is a partner program of the Student Legal Clinic.

Click here to visit the Student Legal Clinic website.

Off Campus Housing and Roommate Search

The University provides a searchable database of available rental properties, which includes listings by rental companies and posts by students who are looking to sublet or need a roommate.  Click here to visit the Off-Campus Housing Database.