Housing

Boston is a great place to live while attending college or graduate school. If you are a student living on your own, considering moving off campus, or making plans for after graduation, it's important to know your rights and responsibilities as a tenant and a neighbor. The information on this page can help you make smart choices that will enhance your experience as a resident in this world-class city.

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    Rental Unit Delivery Conditions

    All tenants have the right to safe and sanitary rental units. Upon receiving your new rental unit, make sure it is up to delivery standards. If not, you have 48 hours to report it to the City's Inspectional Services Department. Please note that all private rental units must register with the City of Boston annually by July 1st and all non-exempt rental units must be inspected at least once every 5 year. To find out if your unit is registered and for more information, please contact the Inspectional Services Department Housing Division.

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