Landlord Accountability

In the fall of 2011, Georgetown University invited owners of rental properties in the areas near campus where students live to partner with the University in maintaining the high quality of life in these neighborhoods, and to publicly declare their commitment to this goal by signing a pledge.

Georgetown university landlord Pledge

Read the pledge and see the list of landlords who signed onto it.

View Landlord Pledge

Policy Regarding Properties of Concern

As part of Georgetown University’s continuous proactive efforts to maintaining the high quality of life in the neighborhoods surrounding campus, the University has adopted the following policy:

  • GU’s Office of Neighborhood Life will send written notification to the landlord, property manager and/or owner of an off-campus residence upon the receipt of a credible report of conditions or incidents that may have a negative impact on safety or quality of life. Examples of conditions or incidents that will result in notification include, but are not limited to, poor property or lawn maintenance, trash and/or recycling disposal violations, noise issues, and other conduct matters impacting quality of life or safety that involve one or more of the student tenants. Notification will be made, if reports are determined to be credible, by the Office of Neighborhood Life staff.
  • The complaints will accrue over a two-year period. When three credible complaints are made regarding a particular residence, Georgetown University will add the property to its list of properties of concern from the date of the last incident for a period of one year.
  • Once a residence has been added to the University’s properties of concern list, the Office of Neighborhood Life will notify the landlord, property manager and/or owner that the property has been added to this list. A property will remain on the list for one calendar year and removed from the list only if there have been no further credible complaints received during that year.
  • The list of properties of concern is viewable on the Student Living Off Campus web site. Properties that appear on the properties of concern may not be listed or advertised on the Off Campus Listing website, and may not re-list on the listing site until they are no longer on the properties of concern list.
  • In addition, Office of Neighborhood Life will send notification at the beginning of a new academic year to the tenants of any property on the properties of concern list, making them aware that their property has been placed on the properties of concern list, informing them of the history of ongoing issues with the residence, and advising them of the University’s concerns and intention to hold students and landlords accountable for property maintenance issues and for behavior in the community.