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Boston Inspectional Services to Help With Student Move-in Process

Students urged to check apartments closely for issues before moving into them

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    Boston's Inspectional Services will be on hand to help thousands of college students with the move-in process this week. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016)

    The move-in process has begun in the city of Boston for thousands of college students.

    Last year in Allston, only a handful of students had major problems and could not move into their apartments due to issues with their particular units. This year, city officials want students to know there is help if problems arise.

    "We hold the landlords really responsible to make sure what they're renting out for profit is a safe and clean one," said Inspectional Services Commissioner, William Christopher.

    City inspectors will roam neighborhoods this week to answer questions and do last minute checks of apartments. Christopher said four major things students and their families should check for are working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, cleanliness, rodents and pests, and two ways in and out of an apartment.

    "Before you move a stick of furniture or clothing into the unit, walk through the unit," said Christopher.

    Lisa Graziano checked her son's new apartment closely and didn't find any issues.

    "That's why I'm here, to make sure they get settled in properly," Graziano said.

    Students who experience any problems with their apartments can call 311, the hotline for city services. If a student cannot move in for any reason, inspectors will work with landlords and universities to provide temporary housing.

    The commissioner said however, it is up to students to check their units before unpacking.

    "Go flush the toilets, turn on the hot and cold water, make sure they're working," Christopher said. "Turn on the stove and make sure its working. If any of these issues present themselves in a negative way, let inspectional services know."


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