Volume 92, Issue 62

Tuesday, January 19, 1999


Play nice - like a good ol' Canadian

Let the renter beware

A special time of year

No one is above ridicule

Keep separation alive

Let the renter beware

Re: Rental checklist

To the Editor:

It's that time of year again. Student housing lists are up and landlords are on the prowl. As fellow Western students, we feel it is our duty to provide this list, so that what happened to us won't happen to you.

1. Check the insulation. If the conversation in the apartment below is so loud that you turn around to answer their question, you've got a problem.

2. Check the windows. If the blinds are moving and the window is closed, you've got a problem.

3. Check the fridge. If it's on the lowest setting and there is ice forming in the beer, you've got a problem.

4. Check the oven. If the direction for the Pizza Pops say 20 minutes and they're burnt in 10, you've got a problem.

5. Check the front door. If the wind can blow open the locked door, you've got a problem.

6. Check the doorbell. If the doorbell for the apartment below rings in your place but yours doesn't, you've got a problem.

7. Check the dryer. If the air empties into an ice cream bucket, you've got a problem.

8. Check the washer. If you can only wash three shirts at a time and the floor ends up cleaner than the shirts, you've got a problem.

9. Check the bathroom. If you have to duct tape the tiles to the wall, you've got a problem.

10. Check the shower. If you need a hammer to push in the shower knob, you've got a problem.

11. Check the yard. If your apartment is situated on the largest anthill in London, you've got a problem.

These are just a couple of things to watch out for. Keep your eyes open and don't believe anything a landlord tells you. Remember – duct tape fixes all!

Cathy Bezeau
Engineering III
Heather McDonald
Engineering III
Sue Angepat
Engineering III

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