Guiding Principles

Seagull on Santa Cruz Beach

Guiding Principles
Community Rentals is part of Student Housing Services, a unit of Colleges, Housing and Educational Services. The mission of Community Rentals is to:

  • Provide quality service to students by maintaining up-to-date rental listings and resource information;
  • Promote student life by actively participating in the education and development of students as responsible renters and members of the local community;
  • Provide rental education through an online Renters’ Workshop, rental forms and resources to students, faculty, staff, and local community constituents;
  • Enhance University/community relations by responding to concerns of the local community regarding student renters

Community Rentals accepts listings from the local community in good faith to assist students to find housing. We are committed to provide quality service to students as they seek housing and to community property owners as they seek tenants. We provide rental information and resources for students, staff, faculty, and the community. We serve as a bridge for students as they transition from university housing into the local community. We are guided by the following basic principles and expect those entering into business arrangements with students to be guided by the same principles:

  • Effective communication and rapport between students and property owners to help ensure that a successful tenancy is achieved;
  • Mutual respect and courtesy in all interactions to enhance relationships between community landlords and student tenants;
  • Harmonious relations between landlords and their student tenants to strengthen the partnership between the local community and the University;
  • Ethical business practices, including compliance of all local, state and federal laws to ensure a fair and just consideration of all tenant/landlord arrangements.

We expect property owners to interact in an appropriate and professional manner with students. Landlords may be de-listed at the discretion of Community Rentals and no longer be allowed to post with us. Students requesting information about whether a particular landlord is de-listed will be informed of that fact; at the same time, they will be advised that our office is not in a position to mount independent investigations and therefore reaches no conclusions about the underlying merits of any complaints received.

DISCRIMINATION
The University and all its facilities are open to qualified students of all races, nationalities and creeds. It is a violation of University policy for Community Rentals to accept listings whose sponsors discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, familial status, source of income, disability, or age. The exception to this guideline, a limited prerogative to specify ‘male’ or ‘female,’ is granted to persons who are renting one room in their own home. The final choice of a tenant is exclusively yours; however, you may not refuse to rent to anyone for any reason that might be defined as discriminatory.

DISCLAIMER
The Community Rentals Office does not investigate, inspect, endorse or guarantee the condition of a rental, nor do we recommend or judge the suitability of a potential renter or landlord. We also do not provide “matching” or “finding” services.

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