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Leasing With Inn-Town Homes
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The first step: Once you have decided on your number of roommates, the area of campus you are interested in living, and your price range, call our office to set up an appointment where a member of our highly-trained staff will take you on a guided property tour. The property tour is a one hour appointment which allows you to view four to five different properties. We strongly suggest that all, or most, of your roommates be present for the tour as this will help expedite your group decision making and help you get your first choice of apartments.
We found an apartment we want to rent, now what do we do? – When you decide on an apartment to rent, you must pay a Lease Holding Fee for the apartment. A lease holding fee is typically equal to a month’s rent and keeps the apartment off the market until you move in. This fee may be paid in cash, check, money order, or credit card. Once you move into your apartment, this holding fee becomes your security deposit. The security deposit ensures that residents pay all rent during the year and leave the apartment in good condition upon vacating. Your deposit will be refunded within 30 days after the end of your lease date, minus any damages and unpaid rent/fees.
Once you’ve remitted at least half of the Leasing Holding fee, you will receive the following paperwork:
- Master Lease – due one day after the first half of the deposit is remitted – this lease is signed by each intended resident of the apartment and is a jointly and severally liable contract.
- Cosigner Leases and Applications – due within 10 days of payment of the holding fee – each intended resident receives one cosigner lease and application to be filled out with their respective cosigner (cosigners must be a parent or guardian). These leases are limited in liability by the number of residents of the apartment. Cosigner’s signature must be notarized by a notary public. There is no application fee!
NOTE: All deposits, leases, and applications must be received by Inn-Town Homes within 10 days of the initial deposit. **
**Failure to do so may result in re-rental of apartment. Once all the paperwork is complete and the lease and holding fee is paid, you have successfully rented an apartment from Inn-Town Homes!
Due to the high volume of persons looking at apartments from October to January, once you rent an apartment we ask that if you need to see the unit again you either make arrangements with the current tenant(s) on your own by knocking on the door, or contact our office in the month of March to schedule an appointment. We have floor plans for most of our apartments and you can request a copy in our office. Beginning April 1st, we will downsize our staff and will no longer have extra personnel to take upcoming tenants on “reviewing” appointments; therefore, you will need to make arrangements with the current residents.
- What is a water / CAM charge?
The water and Common Area Maintenance (CAM) charge is a monthly fee for the water and sewer usage of your apartment. Note:This amount is already included in the rent price listed at the top of your lease. CAM includes general cleaning outside the building, lawn care, snow removal, salting, etc. This does not in any way exclude the residents from taking responsibility in cleaning up the exterior of the building after parties.
- My move-in date is mid-month. Do you prorate the first month’s rent?
Your rent is already prorated. We take the total amount of rent we want to receive for the year, prorate out the number of days you won’t be in the apartment, and then divide it into twelve equal installments. This method makes it easier for you to keep track of how much you owe each month.
- Can I sublet my apartment?
Subletting is permitted in the summer months only (only May, June and July for the 2019-20 school year). We suggest you get a security deposit from your sub-letter (at least $100), because as the signer of the lease, you will ultimately be responsible for any damage that might occur to the unit. Any other arrangement covering months other than summer might qualify for a Lease Takeover which can be arranged through the Leasing Manager.
Living With Inn-Town Homes
- We absolutely do not allow pets in our apartments. This includes cats, dogs, ferrets, etc. Fish and birds are acceptable.
- Because parking is extremely crowded all over the campus area, parking spaces are limited and vary per building. Please see your leasing representative for specific information about your apartment.
Yearly cost of parking passes are $100* per pass.
- *This price excludes parking passes for the apartments at 31-33 E. Frambes and 30-36 E. Woodruff. These buildings are in a gated parking garage and are $540 for the year, payable by debit card or check. NO CREDIT CARD OR CASH. In addition, there will be a one-time refundable deposit of $100 to be paid for the garage remote.
- If you know that you are going to have more cars than your allotted spaces, you may purchase permit-parking passes through the City of Columbus. The phone number is (614) 645-6400 and the office is located at 2700 Impound Lot Road. These districts exist on E. & W. Norwich Ave., E. Northwood Ave., part of Frambes, E. 17th, E. 18th, E. 14th, E. 13th, E. 12th, W. 10th, and part of W. 9th. Check for signs in your area.
- Rent is always due on the 1st of every month with the exception of your first installments. All residents will pay their first and last installment of rent (August 2019 & July 2020) on move in day. After the initial rent payments, currently all apartments are required to pay in one check, debit card, or money order for the total amount of rent. (if we are able to offer a Secure Online Payment Portal before or during your lease term, you will be required to use it exclusively and it will offer payments in the form of ACH [electronic check], credit or debit card.) The rest of the monthly payments will begin September 1st and end on June 1st 2020.
Remember, the security deposit you pay upon rental does not count as rent; it is strictly a security deposit.
- How do we pay for utilities? Inn-Town Homes does not in any way assume responsibility for the utilities inside our apartments. Each apartment is responsible for setting up utilities in their own names. The only exception to this is the water, which is included in and paid as part of your rent each month.
Time Warner Cable (Spectrum): 614-481-5050 or online at www.twcol.com
Columbia Gas: 1-800-344-4077 or online at www.columbiagasohio.com
American Electric Power (AEP): 1-800-277-2177 or online at www.aep.com
City of Columbus (Division of Electric): 614-645-7360
Inn-Town Homes provides a very helpful move-out packet that describes what is expected of you when you move out of your apartment. It gives, in detail, instructions on how to go about receiving your security deposit. When you move out, your apartment keys must be turned in together and a forwarding address of where to send the security deposit must be left with Inn-Town Homes.
As far as damages to the apartment, we videotape all of our apartments upon move out so there are no discrepancies about security deposit returns. If you follow the instructions on your move-out packet you should have no problem receiving a fair refund.