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Are you moving into a new residence? Here are some key tips for a successful move from Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations (OCHNR).
Fill out an apartment condition sheet
When you move into a new apartment, make sure you complete an apartment condition sheet. Your landlord should provide you with an apartment condition form, but if not, you can use our check-in/check-out sheet. Complete this and take photos before you move in your belongings to document the condition of the apartment. This is the best way to get your security deposit back when it’s time to move out and prove you didn't cause any pre-existing damage.
Complete a roommate agreement
By completing a roommate agreement, you can avoid several common disputes. Consider using the sample roommate agreement form provided by OCHNR. This can cover things like quiet times, pets, parties and overnight guests. This is an agreement that all roommates should sign. You can also get free legal advice from OCHNR if you have questions about your rights when living with roommates.
Set up utilities
Check with your landlord and review your lease to see what utilities you are responsible for. This includes things like electricity, water, trash, cable and internet. Consider what utilities may need to be in your name while living at the property. If you plan on living with roommates, agree to who will pay for what utilities and how the costs will be divided.
Consider purchasing renters insurance
Renters insurance helps protect your belongings and your residence. It is not expensive; it can be as low as $10 a month and can save you money in the long run. Renters insurance helps protect you from having to pay to replace damaged property. If you do purchase renters insurance, take a quick video of your apartment once you’re moved in. Open all of your closets, draws, cabinets, etc. to document their condition. This way you have a file ready to go if something does happen and you need to file a claim with your insurance.
Complete check-in steps
Some landlords may have documents you need to turn in by a certain day or may need to see proof you’ve set up your utilities. Check your lease or with your landlord to understand what you need to do by when to correctly check in to your new residence. This can include things like setting up renters insurance and turning in check-in sheets. Be aware of these tasks and dates!
Sign up for a lease review
Sign up for a lease review with our lawyer, Bruce Sarbaugh. You don’t have to sign your lease right away. Before you move in, you can bring in your lease before you sign it to make sure everything looks correct. Leases are complicated legal documents that can be difficult to navigate. It’s important to read your lease closely and understand the details of what you’ve signed. If you have questions or something seems confusing, Bruce can help you understand your lease.
Know city ordinances
Be aware of city ordinances when you move to a residence in Boulder. By knowing these ordinances you can avoid large fines. For example, the use and possession of fireworks in Boulder is illegal. You may also want to go over ordinances with any roommates before signing a roommate agreement, as you can be fined for something a roommate does.
Download the OCHNR Move-In Kit
Check out our Move-In Kit to download documents that will be helpful for living in your new residence, including contact cards to give to your neighbors. This kit is designed to help you more smoothly join your neighborhood community and be successful with your move-in. Visit the OCHNR website for more resources and advice!