Preferred renter program encourages students to be good neighbors

rental housingOregon State’s Preferred Renter Program, created by the university’s department of Corvallis Community Relations, is encouraging students living off campus to be respectful neighbors by providing the tools they need to be informed and responsible tenants.

The Preferred Renter Program offers Live Smart workshops, which cover topics including security and safety of the home; laws and city ordinances pertaining to parties; tenant rights; understanding the rental process; and budgeting and managing monthly expenses. Students who complete a total of five Live Smart workshops and pass a short online exam receive a $50 rental deposit credit as a Preferred Renter.

So far, Oregon State has conducted 10 Live Smart workshops. A total of 106 students have attended the workshops, and of those, 63 have completed and passed the Live Smart exam.

Jonathan Stoll, director of Corvallis Community Relations, emphasizes that living without the structure of on-campus residence halls is a big step for students. “It’s important that we provide students with the resources and information necessary to be good neighbors and successfully transition to living off campus,” he says.

More information about the program and participating property managers in Corvallis is available at

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