For Immediate Release
September 01, 2010
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For the eleventh year in a row today, Mayor Thomas M. Menino kicked off the annual weeklong Student Turnover Campaign, beginning with a walkthrough of the Allston and Brighton neighborhoods that are heavily populated with students living off campus. The campaign began this morning at 8:00 AM and will end Monday, September 6, during which time city agencies will combine resources and services to address problems that arise during the move-ins and help alleviate stresses placed on neighborhoods across the City.
“It is my pleasure to welcome students attending one of our many great universities back to Boston,” said Mayor Menino. “Just as our universities do a great job of educating our young students, we must also educate the students about their rights as tenants and their responsibility to be a good neighbor. The Student Turnover Campaign puts together a great team of professionals to criss-cross our most impacted communities not only enforcing codes but also helping new and long time residents resolve any quality of life issues that may affect neighborhoods heavily populated with students.”
City agencies participating in this year’s program include: the Inspectional Services Department (ISD), the Boston Transportation Department (BTD), the Public Works Department (PWD), the Boston Police Department (BPD), and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS).
These agencies will provide additional services to neighborhoods with a high rate of off-campus housing. The program consists of the distribution of informational brochures, code inspections, the removal of garbage, trash and debris as well as the enforcement of traffic and parking regulations. In some neighborhoods, certain two-way streets will temporarily be changed to one-way allowing for a safe flow of traffic.
“Boston is unlike any other city in the country as every September we can count on thousands of students returning to our city to continue their school work,” said ISD Commissioner Bill Good. “And every year we work extremely hard to make sure all student living situations satisfy code and that their arrival presents minimal disruption to their neighbors. Whether it be in terms of traffic or trash piled on the streets, City of Boston agencies are out in force to make sure of a smooth transition.”
Residents are reminded that:
- they should not dispose of their household debris at this time or they will be ticketed, household trash should be placed out on their regularly scheduled pickup day;
- ISD's Code Enforcement team will be out in full force to ensure compliance with proper disposal of trash;
- To prevent bed bugs, never pick up furniture or luggage left at the curb for trash collection and avoid buying second-hand furniture or luggage. Residents can place unwanted furniture on the curb for collection on their regular trash pickup days
- BTD and BPD will keep roads clear for emergency vehicles and facilitate traffic flow;
- the City encourages the general public to make use of public transportation as much as possible;
- both landlords and renters may schedule rental re-inspections with ISD.
Renters are reminded that:
- ISD Housing inspectors will be out in force to ensure that landlords comply with the mandatory rental inspection ordinance and rental unit delivery standard ordinance;
- tenants can request on-the-spot inspections with officials from ISD;
- renters should carefully inspect their new apartment;
- the City's Rental Housing Resource Center helps both landlords and tenants learn about their rights and responsibilities and are available to help mediate disputes. The department can be reached at (617) 635-RENT (7368);
- there is a website specifically for students: www.cityofboston.gov/rentalhousing/students.asp, which features the top 10 things to know about renting an apartment.
Residents are encouraged to call the City's 24-hour hotline with any questions or concerns at 617 635-4500 or to report any issues. The aim of City departments is to make this weekend as problem free as possible and any help from residents is encouraged. University staff will also be available in the neighborhoods welcoming students and handing out information.