As we discussed in part one of this two-part blog series, it is not uncommon for Colorado State University students to run into issues when they rent from a private landlord. Unlike apartments in Fort Collins, much of the renting process is up to the private landlord’s discretion being that the home is their own personal property.
Because of this, there is no standard rental process and the landlord can choose to manage the property in a way that a young student might not be used to. As a community of apartments for rent in Fort Collins, here at the Landmark Apartments, we have a standard rental application and residency agreement — because as a tenant, you have the right to know what you are getting yourself into before you sign the lease papers. If you rent from a private landlord, you might not.
Disclaimer: Before we dive back into this topic, we have to say that not all private landlords in Fort Collins are shady. In fact, we think that you’ll find that more often than not, they are great landlords. That being said, some private landlords are not as great as others — and that is why we are writing today’s blog.
Issue #3: Security Deposit Return
If there is one rental issue that you hear about often in Fort Collins — or anywhere, for that matter — it’s that people often experience, or know someone who has experienced, a private landlord that refused to refund the security deposit for the rental. While yes, you are right to assume that doing so is illegal (unless you unknowingly signed a poorly written lease agreement), but a private landlord can claim that damages were sustained and that you have violated your right to have your deposit returned.
In order to protect yourself from wrongfully losing your security deposit, be sure to take photos of every nook and cranny in the house before you move in. While it may seem tedious, doing so can act as proof that the damages existed before you moved in — should the issue become a legal dispute.
Issue #4: Illegal Eviction
While uncommon, it is not unheard of for a private landlord to try and wrongfully evict their tenants, or do so in such a way that violates the signed lease agreement. Landlords might do so by making verbal threats, moving the tenant’s property out of the home, turning off city utilities, and more — all of which is very illegal.
If you end up renting from a private landlord and this happens to you, be sure to contact the Fort Collins police department to file a complaint.
Don’t Take The Chance, Live At The Landmark Apartments
While there is an inherent risk that you might have issues with a private landlord, there is no risk when you choose to live at the Landmark Apartments. As a community of apartments for rent Fort Collins, we have had plenty of experience as landlords — and as your apartment management team, it is our goal to make sure that your time in our community is enjoyable. So what are you waiting for? Apply to become a part of our community today.