Frequently Asked Questions

Renter FAQs

Many, but not all, property owners require students to have a parent/guardian co-sign their lease. Check with the owner or manager to find out whether or not a co-signer is required.

Most UNO students search for a rental in the spring and will sign a lease before the summer. But it's never too early to start looking for a place to live, especially if you prefer to be within walking distance of campus.

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UNO does not inspect or offer any guarantee for the condition or quality of the rental units listed and does not endorse any of the listed properties. We strongly urge you to read your lease carefully and recommends that you inspect the dwelling personally before making legally binding arrangements, such as signing a lease.

A lease is a binding legal contract. Properly executed leases will be upheld in local courts. Make sure you read your lease completely and carefully before signing. Make sure that all blanks are filled in and obtain copies of the lease and any other documents attached to it. Keep these materials in a safe and accessible place. Make sure that all verbal 'promises' are written into the lease. If your agreement to rent is contingent upon any promises made by the property owner, get those promises in writing as part of the lease. This is especially important in the case of promised repairs. Be sure to include a completion date in the clause. Only a written guarantee assures you that the promises will be fulfilled. Both parties should sign and date these additions to the lease. You can learn more by visiting HUD's Local Tenants Rights, Laws and Protections: Nebraska.

This may be a complex topic. The details for posting a security deposit and having some or all of it returned at the end of your lease should be detailed in your lease agreement.

The property manager should provide a check-in form when you move in. You should be given several days from your move-in date to complete and return the form. Inspect your dwelling unit and list any damage to the unit on the check-in form (i.e. holes, scratches, stains). Be very detailed, and take clear pictures of any pre-existing damages marks or scrapes, whenever possible. Write down anything you could get charged for. Both parties should sign the check-in form. A joint inspection with the property owner/manager may be preferred. Keep a copy of the check-in form and return another copy to the property owner/manager.

Many, but not all, property owners require students to have a parent/guardian co-sign their lease. Check with the owner or manager to find out whether or not a co-signer is required.

We provide listings for individuals seeking a roommate or sublessor. If you already have rental and are looking for a roommate, you can add a Sublessor Listing here. Keep in mind that if your roommate leave the lease before the lease expires, all remaining parties are responsible for his/her share of the rent. Having parents of all roommates co-sign the lease may relieve you of this responsibility.

To help to ensure a satisfying living arrangement, discuss such issues as: smoking, pets, sharing items (food, stereo, bathroom, kitchen), furnishings, cleanliness, and living habits, prior to moving in. Additionally, use caution when planning to move in with people you only recently met. Your new best friend may not be your ideal roommate in several months when the new lease begins.

Subletting is an arrangement between a current tenant (sublessor), a 'substitute' tenant (sublessee), and the property owner/manager. Sublessees take the sublessor's place and reside in the unit, paying either part of or all of the rent. It is important to note that the sublessor (original tenant) is still liable for any damages or unpaid rent. Things to know when considering subletting: Not all property owners/management companies permit subletting. For those who do, ask about and follow their subletting process. If you have roommates, be sure you have their support. Your roommates should feel comfortable with the new sublessee. Advertise your rental early and often and make sure it is competitively priced. Please note that there are more sublets available in the downtown/campus area than there are interested renters and only about half of advertised sublets are filled. Remember that taking on a small 'loss' each month may be better than paying 100% of your rent when you're abroad. If you find a sublessee, you and any co- signors on the original lease may still be responsible for timely rent payments and any damages. Damages incurred by a sublessee can be taken from your original security deposit. As the current tenant, you may ask for and hold a deposit from your sublessee. Please note that you are required to return their deposit in a timely manner at the conclusion of their stay. Complete a written sublet agreement with your sublessee. Ways to promote a sublet: Advertise your sublet on this site by signing up here. Spread the word via social networks and/or e-mail. Post flyers on/near campus (be sure to ask for approval when using bulletin boards in campus buildings) Note: Be on alert for scams when advertising your vacancy, especially with social networking and advertising websites.

If you believe you have been discriminated against or would like to learn more information about your rights, please contact the UNO Housing Office at 402-554-6605 or email us at

Advertiser FAQs

If you are a property owner or manager and would like to list your vacancies on this site, you can learn more about property listing options here and access an order form here. Bulk rates are available for owners/managers of multiple listings.

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Our website is only as useful as the timeliness of the data it contains. Once the listings on this system become dated, the website will loose its purpose. We do rely upon our listers to tell us when their properties are no longer available. Please inactivate your listing when your unit is no longer available by logging in to your account online. It will only take a moment, and will help us continue to provide a timely and valuable resource to students and the community.

Yes, this is a secure web site. Your profile and listing information are username and password protected. In addition to you (or anyone you supply your username and password to), staff with administrative access rights are the only other party who may make changes to your profile and listing information. They do not and can not see your credit card information. Credit card transactions are performed over a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) connection between your web browser and the DoIT web server. This technology scrambles or encrypts the data between your browser and the DoIT server, making it useless to hackers.