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Good Neighbor Practices

Living off campus can be a fun adventure, but you should be aware of your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, roommate, neighbor and community member. For many RIT students this is the first time living in an independent environment within a residential community. Students are reminded they are representing RIT and  they and their guests should conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the Student Code of Conduct, which applies to your actions - on or off campus! RIT can take disciplinary action when students violate federal, state or local laws, or when behavior adversely affects the University community. RIT and Off-Campus and Commuter Services want living off campus to be a rewarding experience for you! 

Know Your Neighbors 

Introduce yourself & get to know your neighbors so you're not "just another student!" Say hello as you walk to your car or take the trash out. Pet their dog, play catch with their children, help them carry heavy boxes in from the car. Small things can go a long way in building positive relationships.

Keep It Clean 

The exterior of your property and lawn should be clean. If your landlord is responsible for maintenence (mowing the lawn, shoveling the snow, etc)  make sure it is done regularly. Your trash should be placed in adequate containers (with lids) so it can't be blown across your lawn or accessed by animals. In most municipalities you should also plan to separate your recycling from your trash.

Upholstered Furniture

Couches & other indoor furniture are not permitted outside on porches, decks or lawns. It also looks trashy and lowers the curb appeal for everyone in the neighborhood. Keep your living room furniture where it your living room.

Gather Responsibly 

Let neighbors know in advance if you're having a social event and make sure your guests follow parking guidelines. If you are serving alcohol you can be held legally responsible for your guests' behavior and collecting money at your party to help cover costs is illegal. Monitor noise levels, parking, littering, public urination and all possible violations.  Your guests should behave how you would exect them to if you were gathering at your Grandma's house.


The legal drinking age in NYS is 21 and it is illegal to serve alcohol to minors. It is also illegal to drive a motor vehicle under the influence or to be intoxicated in public places including sidewalks, streets, parking areas, schools, play-grounds, parks and shopping centers. 

As a party host you are responsible for your guests' health. There are a number of  signs that may indicate alcohol poisoning , which,  if untreated, can lead to death. Call 911 for help if these symptoms are seen: 

irregular breathing
low body temperature 
blue-tinged | pale skin 

Noise Ordinance

Excessive noise is one of the most common neighborhood complaints. You're living in an area that may contain families with children, older adults, young professionals, and students so you need to be considerate of everyone around you. The city of Rochester prohibits any unreasonable loud noise that disturbs the quiet and comfort of a person. The noise ordinances for the Town of Henrietta and the Town of Chili should also be reviewed and adhered to if you are living in either area (which are the closest to campus and where most RIT students live if they are living off campus).


Be aware of your neighborhood's off street parking laws and practices throughout various seasons. 

Tenant Obligations 

  • Keep the property safe & sanitary. 
  • Dispose of all garbage appropriately 
  • Comply with housing, health & safety codes 
  • Keep appliances in good working order. 
  • Do not disturb your neighbor’s 
  • Allow the landlord to enter the premises if the request is reasonable & proper advance was given. 

Landlord Obligations

Comply with all applicable building, housing, health, & safety codes. 

  • Keep the property in a habitable condition. 
  • Keep all common areas safe and sanitary. 
  • Maintain all appliances and equipment. 
  • Provide 24 hour notice prior to entering a unit,unless there is an emergency. 

Important Facts

  • Any landlord who states heat will be available, must supply heat during the period from Sept. 15th to May 31st. A temperature of no less than 68 must be in all habitable areas. 
  • A landlord has no legal obligation to supply a tenant with parking, storage space, garage, yard, common area, snow removal, garbage cans or removal. However, if you are supplied with certain services, try to get it in writing. 
  • Landlords are required to maintain all utility systems up to code and in safe working order. It is a criminal offense for a landlord to shut off a tenant's utility service.