sfdreaming09 wrote:So I just called HRES and found out that ALL their leases are at least 12 months (i.e. you have to pay for the summer even if you’re not planning on staying)…so what exactly is the point of leasing through HRES (besides the benefit of having a reliable landlord)? Are they less expensive than other places (I’m not familiar with the rental prices around Cambridge)?
I’m just trying to understand what benefits, if any, you get by renting through HRES….and my housing selection window is on Monday so any help would be much appreciated!
For me the benefits are:
- not having to do an independent apartment search which can be a major pain in the ass
- living in a building with all students
- knowing that HRES will come fix things if they break (instead of having to rely on a potentially shady landlord/super)
- having rent paid through your school acct & utilities paid for (so you don't have to worry about all the bills every month)
Then again, I don't have a problem with a 12-mo. lease - I'll either deal with paying double rent over the summer or I'll sublet (which HRES has a built in process for). I wouldn't want to ever sign a 9-mo. lease anyway, because then wtf am I supposed to do with my furniture over the summer? I really just want to settle into a place that I can ideally call home for all 3 years. So please for my sake reject HRES so there's still something left for me when my shitty window finally comes around!