Students need to make off-campus decisions that work best for their unique situations. Properties that are enrolled in the program have been reviewed and include an essential set of Program Criteria.

PLEASE NOTE: There are some criteria that are listed that are essential to be enrolled in the program, and some that are suggested features for properties. While a property may be enrolled without some of the suggested criteria, these features are still included in the property review, in hopes that both students and properties will be more aware of these additional features when making decisions.

Properties Not Enrolled in the Program

The Off-Campus Rental Education Program is completely voluntary for the property owner, and sometimes businesses may have one property enrolled, and not others. If a property is not listed as enrolled in the program, it may still meet all the criteria. Tenants can use the criteria information on this website to ask your own questions of any property as you explore your options.

If a property that was previously enrolled in the program decides not to re-enroll, or has its enrollment rescinded or suspended, The University of Alabama will not notify tenants or students, since we do not have a list of tenants at any given property. At any time, please check this website for up-to-date information about any property’s enrollment in the Rental Education Program.

Important Information about Safety and Security

The University of Alabama can never guarantee that accidents and criminal activity will not occur. The Off-Campus Rental Education Program is designed to help students and their parents make more informed decisions about off-campus housing options. Rental owners remain solely responsible for the operation, physical condition, and maintenance of their properties. Neither the Off-Campus Rental Education Program nor The University of Alabama guarantee or warrant the safety or security of any properties participating in the program. Safety and security in any given situation depends on multiple factors, not the least of which is the responsibility of all persons to make informed decisions and use of practices. The reviews that are conducted are limited in nature, do not purport to find every potential hazard or violation, and are based upon conditions at the time of the Rental Education Technician’s visit.

Assistance with Tenant Issues

Off-Campus Resources and the Off-Campus Rental Education Program want UA students to be empowered to resolve any issues with their rental unit or landlord. This is an important life skill that must be practiced. We want our students to have the tools to advocate for themselves, and we can help you navigate these situations for better results.

Neither Off-Campus Resources nor the Off-Campus Rental Education Program can act on your behalf as a tenant. We can assist you in the following ways:

  • understand how to document your situation in accordance with your lease and the Alabama Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.
  • help you prepare for a conversation with your landlord about getting a resolution to your concerns
  • help you understand how you can take ownership of your situation regarding the upkeep and safety of your home

Review Requests by Tenants

Students can request a Rental Education Technician to review their specific rental unit to help understand how their use of the home can impact its safety. Please note: reviews requested by tenants may not necessarily impact the enrollment of a property in the Education Program. These reviews are for the benefit and education of the tenants about how their own behaviors can improve or decrease the safety of their home.

Report a Criteria Issue

If your home is enrolled in the Rental Education Program, and you have a concern about one or more criteria on the property, you can submit a Criteria Issue Reporting Form. Rental Education Technicians will follow up with the property owner/manager. Students will need to work directly with their property owner for maintenance issues.