When choosing to live off campus it is important to identify and understand the responsibilities you have as both a tenant and a member of the community.
- Keep in mind that you live in a diverse neighborhood of professional people, families with children, and elderly people.
- Get to know your neighbors – you may need their help throughout the year.
- Remember, you are responsible for your guests’ actions. If your guests cause problems for the neighborhood, the problems ultimately become yours.
- Treat your neighbors as you would want to be treated.
- All neighbors must share the responsibility for keeping the neighborhood clean, safe, and peaceful.
- Everyone is subject to local, state, and federal laws. The following is a list of local laws and city ordinances that are stringently enforced in your neighborhood.
Barbecues – City of Syracuse fire ordinances prohibit the use of any open-flame device on porches or overhangs. Grills must be placed at least 12 feet from a structure.
Fireworks – New York State law prohibits possessing and using fireworks.
Noise – The City of Syracuse noise ordinance prohibits excessive or unnecessary noise that can be heard across property lines. This includes playing a radio, stereo, television, musical instrument, or any other device in such a manner that its sound crosses property lines or enters an apartment or dwelling unit that is separate and distinct from the apartment or dwelling unit from which the noise originated.
Open Containers – The City of Syracuse open container ordinance prohibits carrying open containers of alcoholic beverages on city streets and sidewalks.
Parking – Parking on front lawns and parking across sidewalks is illegal and a safety threat to pedestrians who are forced to walk off the sidewalks. Odd-even parking starts at 6 p.m. on odd days on the odd-number address side, and 6 p.m. on even dates on the even-number address side of the street. The Syracuse Police Department strictly enforces all parking regulations. Make sure ample legal parking exists at your apartment or on the street before you decide to rent the unit.
Pets – The City of Syracuse leash law requires your pet to be on a leash at all times unless fenced on your premises. This is for the safety of your pet as well as for the benefit of the neighborhood.
Snow Removal – It is usually the tenant’s responsibility to keep adjacent sidewalks clear of snow and other objects. In the University area, many people walk, and unshoveled sidewalks can be dangerous. Fines can be imposed for failure to maintain a clear sidewalk.
Trash – Garbage containers should not be put out prior to 8 p.m. the night before collection and should be removed by 7 p.m. on collection day. Signs on your street indicate the day of collection. All garbage should be placed in cans provided by your landlord. Recyclable materials are to be placed in the blue collection bin provided to you.
Code of Student Conduct – It is important to realize that in addition to abiding by community standards and local and state laws, off-campus students are expected to adhere to the University’s Code of Student Conduct. Off-campus students may receive judicial sanctions from the University for behavior that violates the Code of Student Conduct.
Links to Procedures and Related Information
Date: August 2005