Rental Houses

The College of Idaho owns a number of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom rental houses in the blocks adjacent to the south of campus.  Our rental houses are reserved for full-time, current students who are juniors or seniors, over 21, married, have partners or have dependent children.  Rental house policies are below, and a map of rental house locations and some of the house floor plans are available online.

Application for a Rental House

Rental house placement is typically competitive. If placed, tenants must turn in a non-refundable $100 cleaning fee and refundable $200 deposit. Tenants must also attend an informational meeting about renting a house.  

Check-out and Check-in

Contact the Office of Residence Life to schedule check out and check in times.  Before coming to the Office of Residence Life to check in, tenants must have filled out a Utility Hook up Form.  At check-in, the tenant will receive a copy of the house key and a House Condition Report.  The tenant is responsible for filling this out and returning it to the Office of Residence Life within one week of checking in.  This report is used at check out, so it is very important for tenants to be thorough.  Tenants will not be allowed to check-in if their account has an outstanding balance. 

Deposit and Fee

A cleaning fee of $100 and a deposit of $200 are required of each tenant to rent a house.  Once the residents have checked out, the cleaning fee is used to clean the house professionally, and shampoo carpets if needed.  The deposit is used to make any repairs necessary.  Residents will receive the remainder of their deposit after check-out.    

Early Termination of Rental Agreement

Tenants wishing to terminate their agreement early lose their deposit and are responsible for payment for the remainder of their agreement. 

Tenants whose agreement is terminated as a result of academic dismissal from the college or eviction forfeit their deposit and fee.  Tenants whose agreement is terminated as a result of college disciplinary measures will forfeit their deposit and fee and may be financially responsible for the remainder of their rental amount. 

At times, another rental house may have an available bed for a student wishing to terminate his/her agreement.  If a student moves to another rental house, that student loses his/her deposit.  The student must sign a new agreement for his/her new house.

Good Neighbors

Tenants are responsible for keeping houses and yards clean and free of trash, etc.  If a house is determined to be unclean, tenants will be given notice to clean the area and a walk through of the property will be done after the deadline.  If the condition of a yard is such that it must be cleaned for the tenants, tenants will be billed for the cleaning.  Repeated problems could result in eviction. 

Tenants are responsible for reporting any maintenance issues to the Facilities Department in a timely manner.  If maintenance is not reported, the renters will be held responsible for the cost of repairs. 

Renters are expected to be good community members and neighbors.  Repeated complaints from other renters, neighbors, or police could result in eviction.

Internet

Internet, cable and phone services are the responsibility of the tenants.  The College of Idaho does not provide these services.

Insurance

The College of Idaho carries no insurance on the contents of the houses.  Tenants should consider providing their own insurance.  Information about Renter’s Insurance can be found in the Office of Residence Life.

Keys

Tenants are not allowed to make copies of house keys for personal distribution.  If this happens, the tenants will be charged for re-coring the house entrances.  Requests for additional keys can be made from Facilities. 

Lawn Care

The College of Idaho maintains the rental house yards.  If a tenant has concerns or requests regarding the yard, please direct these to Facilities.

Living Areas

Tenants are welcome to double bedrooms.  No more than two tenants can occupy one bedroom.  Tenants are not permitted to live in basement areas, as none have sufficient egress.

Rental Amount

Houses rent for the equivalent of $300 per month if the tenant lives in a single room.  If a room has double occupancy, then each tenant is charged the equivalent of $200 per month.

Rent for the semester is due at the beginning of each semester.  Rent for the semester must be paid in full before tenants can move in. 

Rental Agreement

Residents of the rental houses sign either a nine month or a twelve month lease agreement.  The agreement typically runs from September 1 to May 31 or September 1 to August 15.  Students are charged an additional daily rate for any days that student lives in the house prior to or following the end of the rental agreement.  Tenants must make arrangements to stay late or arrive early with the Office of Residence Life. 

Rental Placement

Tenants are placed in rental properties though a random lottery process.  Students who are married or who have families receive first priority.  Students must be of junior standing or at least 21 year old to be considered for a rental house.

Repairs and Maintenance

All repairs and maintenance are handled through the Facilities department.  Requests for repairs or work are submitted by work order to Facilities.  To submit a work order, go to the college website. Click on the Administrative Offices tab, then Facilities, and then submit an online work order.  By submitted a work order, you have implicitly agreed to allow a staff member from Facilities into your home, whether or not you are present.  If you have any concerns about this policy, please direct these to the Office of Residence Life.

Roommates

It is very important that tenants think carefully about the students with whom they wish to rent a house.  Renting a house commits you and your roommates to a legally binding lease agreement, and the financial obligation of paying utility bills in a timely (and fair) manner.  Disagreements with roommates or differences in living styles are not justification for terminating a lease without the resultant financial responsibilities.

The Office of Residence Life recommends that potential roommates have frank discussions together about appropriate noise levels, guests, hosting social events, paying utility bills on time, borrowing money for rent or utilities and house cleanliness before signing the lease agreement.    

Smoking

Smoking, including the use of pipes or incense, is not allowed inside any of the rental houses. For more information about this policy, please refer to the student handbook.

Utilities

All utilities are the responsibility of the residents. This includes water, sewer, garbage, electricity, and gas. Before students move in, they must contact utility companies to have the utilities set up in their name. Once they have done this, students must fill out a Utility Hook up form.  This form must be completed and on file at the Office of Residence Life to allow residents to check in.  Failure to complete utility set-up will result in an additional $30.00 fine per utility billing period. Before moving out, tenants must also contact the utility companies to have the utilities returned to the college’s name. Failure to do this will result in additional payments to the utility companies.