Fall marks the return to school, and with a number of colleges, universities and institutions of higher learning here in Northern Virginia, there are plenty of students in our area looking for housing.
As are all property managers, we are prohibited from discriminating against potential renters just because they are students. We do, however, must adhere to laws and policies surrounding rental properties.
One such ruling is the limitation on the number of “families,” or unrelated people living in one dwelling. Although students may desire to split the rent with a group of others for financial reasons, habitation laws limit the number of unrelated persons to three.
When students rent a place together, each occupant of the dwelling is required to submit an application and undergo our strict vetting process. We can only accept applicants who meet our qualifications, and all residents must be named on the lease. Additional residents who are not on the lease are prohibited from living in the property, and discovery of additional tenants can result in termination of the lease.
In addition, students renting from Propman require a personal guarantee from a third-party guarantor. If the student fails to pay the rent, Propman can then require payment from the person who guarantees they will step in.
Properties rented to students are subject to Propman’s periodic inspections, just the same as all of our rental properties, and renters are required to maintain the property. A list of maintenance items and tenant responsibilities is provided at the lease signing.
Propman Property Management is responsible for the care of the homes entrusted to us by our property owners, so we are strict about our rental policies with all of our tenants. This way we can ensure a pleasant experience for all.
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