Trailer for sale or rent, rooms to let 50 cents ...
Perhaps the major problem with the highly lucrative rental industry in a college town like Amherst is an overabundance of rookie renters who flood the market. Annually.
And just as carnivorous coyotes can smell fear, Amherst slumlords can smell naivete.
Enter UMass/Amherst, like the Lone Ranger on his trusty white horse, doing what they do best: education.
Now students can take an online course designed to enlighten them about taking up residence in a rental unit away from home and the university. Probably for the first time.
And this innovative online program is not just for students moving into off campus housing, but also for the landlords who will rent to them. A win win situation.
Now students can learn from experienced professionals rather than learning the hard way, and landlords can show off their Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval from UMass, thus creating trust that they will uphold minimum standards of quality control.
Sort of like the Rental Registration & Permit Bylaw Amherst Town Meeting will enact next month.
The tide is changing.