Housing Contracts and Winter Tips

Off-Campus Housing Contracts - What to Remember

Student-Landlord Rental Agreement: The contract is a legally binding contract.  However there are certain options for students needing to be released from the contract.  The main reasons are found in section 23 of the Student –Landlord Rental Agreement.   Acceptable options include:

  • If the student leaves school due to a verified, unforeseen catastrophic loss or illness
  • If the student leaves school due to a verified call into active military duty
  • Graduation
  • Required Internship
  • Finds a suitable substitute student

Students can place a contract for sale on our website under the Students tab.

Most facilities don’t offer a release for missions or marriage.  Students wanting to leave school for a mission need to be sure to find a replacement tenant for their contract.

Winter Months - What to Do

Winter is fast approaching in Utah, and one of the most common problems that occur over the Christmas break is frozen pipes.  Remind your student to take some precautions to avoid coming back to a flooded apartment and a big repair bill.

  • Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night. You might be in the habit of turning down the heat when you’re asleep, but further drops in the temperature – more common overnight – could catch you off guard and freeze your pipes.
  • Set the thermostat in your house no lower than 65°F.
  • If you are out of town, ask a friend or neighbor to check your house daily to make sure it's warm enough to prevent freezing.

The Off-Campus Housing Office will be sponsoring a Housing Fair on January 31 and February 1 in the Garden Court in the Wilkinson Center.  It is a great place for your students to find information about a wide variety of contracted housing options for next year.

Pat Newman is an Off Campus Housing Official with BYU.  She has been in Residence Life for 22 years in both on and off campus housing.