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Apartment Issues

Insect and Animal Problems

◦ If living in a home, you are responsible for the problem
◦ If living in an apartment and yours is the only one with the problem, then you are responsible
◦ If living in an apartment and ALL apartments have the same problem, then the landlord is responsible.

Broken Appliances (Washing machine, oven, etc.)

◦ A landlord must repair and maintain all appliances that they own.
◦ If the landlord provides appliances such as stoves, ovens, refrigerators, and laundry machines they must fix them.

Plumbing (water) Problems

◦ A landlord must take care of the plumbing and make sure that it is safe and comfortable
◦ All apartment must have a room, separate from other rooms containing a flushing toilet, bathtub or
shower and a sink
◦ All apartments must also have a kitchen sink as well ! Electrical Problems
◦ All habitable rooms should contain at least two separate working outlets
◦ One outlet and one light fixture shall be provided in every bathroom and laundry room
◦ Every kitchen should have at least two outlets and
one light fixture ! Heating Problems
◦ Landlords must make sure that there is heat for all rooms at least 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius). The heating period lasts from November 1st - May 1st

◦ Landlords must make sure there is hot water in the apartment, in every kitchen sink, bathtub, shower, and laundry facility at all times !

Fire Safety

A landlord must provide a smoke detector at the
following locations
◦ Each room used for sleeping purposes
◦ Each floor including the basement
◦ At the top of common stairways
◦Smoke detectors should not be placed in the kitchen ! Noise

Noise

Noise from any apartment should not be so loud that the neighbors can hear. Try to be respectful of your neighbors and report problems if your neighbors are too loud

Alcohol

◦ You must obey all alcohol laws
◦ You can't sell alcohol at your house
◦ No one under 21 can drink alcohol, even in a private apartment

Parking

◦ Only park in the spaces that are for your apartment.
You cannot park:

◦ On a public side walk
◦ In the front yard area, except in designated paved  driveways
◦ On any private property without the consent of the  owner
◦ Blocking any driveway entrance
◦ Any street longer then 24 hours

Security Deposit

Most of the complaints that we receive from  students happen to be at the end of the
school year. They all involve the return of security deposits
◦ If your landlord does not give your security deposit back, he or she must give you a paper that says why. 

◦ If you don't agree, contact the Student Tenant Union - Don't cash the check!  Cashing the check is  acceptance of the charges and nothing can be  done

This is why we suggest you photograph or  videotape your unit. It helps keep  disagreement to a minimum and can help you  disprove any false claims by the landlord.

Student Legal Services (SLS)

This is a professional l egal office available to all students of WIU  without charging a fee for services.  SLS can also assist students with landlord/ tenant issues, city ordinance violations,  consumer problems, or questions about other  types of legal problems.
Contact:
David Eckerly (dg-eckerly@wiu.edu) 

Student/Tenant Union

◦ Email: STU@wiu.edu
◦ Office location: Student Organization Center (Union
Basement)