Questions you should ask before signing a rental agreement:
- Are smoke detectors installed and are they working?
- Are there carbon monoxide detectors?
- How often are the detectors tested and the batteries changed?
- Are fire extinguishers readily available? Operational? Know how to use them?
- Were the extinguishers inspected within the last 12 months?
- Is there an automatic fire sprinkler system installed and tested to current standards?
- Is the electrical system adequate for the appliances? Are there enough outlets to satisfy your needs?
- Do you know how to use the appliances properly and safely?
- Are there any flammables stored inside the residence?
- Is the BBQ at least 10 feet away from the building?
- Is there a no smoking policy in the rental agreement? Is it enforced?
- Has the local fire department inspected the residence? When?
- Has the city and/or the University received any safety complaints regarding this residence?
- Has there ever been a fire in this residence or any other owned by this owner? If yes, what was the cause?
- Is the owner a member in good standing in a landlord/tenant association or housing association?
Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that Tufts University assumes no responsibility for contracts/leases between individuals. The Department of Public Safety is not responsible or liable for the consequences of any off-campus student housing arrangement. In addition, Tufts does not endorse or sponsor any of the agencies, services, advertisements, properties or landlords associated with off-campus housing. The information contained here is provided only as a safety tool to assist you in evaluating your off-campus housing choices. The factors listed are not meant to be exhaustive. You should discuss any safety concerns about off-campus housing with the landlord of the property.