By: Nicole Kiefert (@nicole_kiefert)
Signing a lease can be an intimidating process, especially when trying to decipher the fine print. Students are encouraged to ask for help when looking into the fine print before signing a lease.
Luckily, students on campus have the chance to talk to landlords and city officials one on one and get more information on things to look into before signing at the PRSSA Lease It Or Leave It event scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Reeve Memorial Union 207.
Isaac Haight, president of the Oshkosh PRSSA chapter, said the event was started as an idea for the Bateman competition, a case study competition for public relations students around the nation.
The Bateman competition gives students the chance to apply what they learned in class and create a full on campaign for a specific client. This year’s client is Home Matters, an organization focused on raising awareness and funds for more affordable homes and bettering communities across the United States.
“We are assigned a client each year and in the fall we research the topic and in the spring we complete a campaign,” Haight said. “Because our client is Home Matters, we thought that a renting social would be appropriate for a college audience.”
The faculty adviser for the club, Professor Julie Henderson, said it is important for students to come and find out important information before they move out and live on their own.
“We will do this by having tables set up with information from landlords, the City of Oshkosh, the electric company, insurance agents, etc.,” Henderson said. “It will be a great opportunity for students to gather a lot of relevant information in one spot.
PRSSA member Sam Broughton said it is especially helpful for underclassman who have not had the experience of lived off-campus yet.
“We thought it would be great for underclassmen to learn how to rent smart off-campus in Oshkosh, and with 10 different realtors and multiple public works officials, Lease It Or Leave It will give them a chance to talk to a lot of different experts,” Broughton said.
“It’s important people attend, especially students who are looking to rent for their first time, because a lot of students rush into agreements without reading the fine print or understanding their rights as a renter,” Haight said.
In addition to all the information, there will also be a variety of door prizes with a chance to win a grand prize of $200 toward rent expenses. Food will also be available to students participating.