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Apartment Leases During Winter Weather Damage

If your apartment or rental property experienced any damage due to the winter storm here are a few helpful hints:

  • If you have renter’s insurance, file a claim.  Take pictures and videos of your personal possessions that were damaged.
  • Put all repair requests in writing. If you call the repairs in to the office or speak to someone in person, send a follow up email summarizing the verbal report. Most leases require repair requests to be in writing. Be sure to keep a record of these requests.
  • If the landlord does not make repairs within a reasonable number of days considering availability of labor and materials, contact Student Legal Services.  Have a copy of your lease agreement available for review as well as your record of repair requests.
  • Typically rent and utilities will not be reduced and hotel expenses will not be reimbursed, unless the landlord agrees in writing.
  • If you need assistance with temporary housing, food or supplies, contact Student Assistance Services at