New off-campus housing network supports students and homeowners

A new program at Ohio State University connects students with a network of landlords who commit to a set of standards for cleaner, safer housing.

The university is committed to helping students make informed decisions through Ohio State’s off-campus housing network.

“So this network gives them the opportunity to make sure they can see a list of landlords who meet at least one standard,” said TJ Logan, associate vice president for residential experience.

The network is a collaboration between the State of Ohio, the Office of Student Life, Student Legal Services, landlords, and multiple City of Columbus departments, including police, fire, public safety, and the applying the code.

The network establishes certain criteria for off-campus landlords. Landowners who commit to these criteria will be considered part of the network.

Some of these criteria include:

  • Properties must meet the City of Columbus Housing Code
  • Supply and maintain exterior lighting at the rear and front of all properties
  • Provide carbon monoxide detectors
  • Meet individually with off-campus and suburban student engagement at least twice a year

Networked property owners receive exclusive benefits such as inclusion in the university’s offcampus.osu.edu housing search, invitations to networking meetings and events, and access to information, as well as various marketing opportunities.

For sophomore drama major Christopher Wright, the network helps balance the relationship between a tenant and landlord.

Wright said he had already seen the benefits of a reliable owner.

“When I first moved into my apartment, I noticed there was a problem with my garbage disposal,” he said. “I was able to get in touch with my rental agent, she came right away, came with her team, and they fixed it right away.”

The Network Properties are not endorsed or guaranteed by the State of Ohio or its Network Contributors. The program helps students and families access information about real estate owners in the network to help them make informed decisions about off-campus living options.

“If you are a student, you can check out our website. You will go to offcampus.osu.edu. That’s where you’re going to find all the different resources, including a link to the off-campus housing network,” Logan said. “And you can go there and you can see the properties that have agreed to meet those standards.”

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