Post by Brad Dusenbery
Are you missing a fire detector in your bedroom or does that water stain on your ceiling keep growing ever so slowly? If these or other things in your apartment or rental house are happening, then your place might not be up to code and you may be putting your health or the health of or others at risk. You might be wondering right now how you can tell if the place that you’re living in is a safe place to reside. A cheap and easy way to find out is to sign up for an inspection through the City’s Voluntary Residential Inspection Program. If you’re a resident of Missoula an inspection would only cost you fifteen dollars and a call to City hall, which might sound like an expensive dinner for one and time consuming. However, it is worth the investment because you or your roommates might be living in a place that really isn’t worth the $500 to $1,500 a month you pay in rent especially if it’s putting your health at risk. Though if you’re a student at the University of Montana this service is provided free of charge through the ASUM Off-Campus Renter Center. All a student has to do is stop by the Renter Center office located in the University Center within the ASUM offices and set up an appoint with our awesome Renter Center director, Katherine Brady, to get the ball rolling. If there is a chance that your rental isn’t up to code, sign up for an inspection today: because, you shouldn’t risk your or other people’s health by residing in a place with unlivable conditions.