Committee Chair Katie Emmert / firstname.lastname@example.org
It is frustratingly common to hear stories of landlords violating housing codes, misleading potential and current tenants, and neglecting tenant concerns and property issues. While students continue to share their unnerving renting experiences and demands for quality, affordable housing, landowners prioritize profit and neglect community priorities and concerns. For this reason, the Renters First Ad-Hoc Committee surfaced and exists to educate student renters about tenant rights, responsibilities, and resources, increase awareness of the unaffordable, low-quality housing problem in Oakland, and advocate for policies/laws that improve the student-tenant experience. You can find the charter here.
The Renters First Ad-hoc meets at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday in WPU 848
General Resources for Renters:
Includes an extensive list of questions to ask yourself while renting and searching for housing
Tenant Rights - Housing Equality Center
An In-Depth 76-page manual on filling out rent applications and leases, what to look for when moving in, and handling renting problems.
A 24-page guide to renting
Community Organization in Oakland
Liz Gray | Neighborhood Quality Consultant
Student made list
For Renting and Lease Questions:
Trisha Margiotti (email@example.com)| Property Manager Liaison for Pitt Office of Off-Campus Living
She can help with lease review or identifying housing but doesn’t offer legal advice.
For Legal Help:
Neighborhood Legal Services
Legal advice and support for individuals with lower income
The Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations
If you encounter and suspect housing discrimination
PA Bar online referral service:
For Accessing Food:
Housing Crisis Resources:
Pitt also offers emergency on-campus housing for up to 3 days if people only need to escape a situation as quickly as possible.
Contact Trisha Margiotti at firstname.lastname@example.org
General housing and food access questions.
Will be redirected with the right resources