What is Houghton Off Campus Housing?
Houghton Off Campus Housing (often abbreviated HOCH) is a property management group. We work with several different landlords and building owners to advertise, lease, and manage their rentals.
What places do you rent?
We offer 1, 2, 3, and 4-bedroom apartments close to campus and in downtown Houghton. We also have a variety of duplexes, townhomes, and houses throughout Houghton and the nearby communities. With a variety of unit styles and locations there will always be an option for your group size, price range, and preference!
The Vacancies page shows all our current and upcoming availability – if the location you want is not listed keep checking back as there may be more openings in the future.
What’s a joint lease?
A joint lease means that if more than one person signs as a tenant everyone listed shares full legal and financial responsibility for the lease. While you can split up the amount due for rent and have everyone make separate payments, everyone on the lease is responsible for making sure that the full amount is paid – and for making sure that all other terms of the lease are completed.
What if I don’t have a roommate?
If you are looking for someone to live with we recommend looking on the Community tab of our Facebook page or making your own post there. You can also make a post on Barkboard (hosted by MTU). Word of mouth is also a great way to find a roommate.
Can I sublease?
Yes. We provide a sublease agreement to fill out with the person who will be subletting. This form helps protect you and the subleaser. A copy of the agreement must be sent to HOCH as well. We will send a confirmation to you, your subleaser, and all remaining tenants in the unit. Your subleaser will also get access to the tenant portal on our website.
What is the tenant portal?
Everyone who lives in a HOCH property gets access to a tenant portal. This is where tenants can make payments, view their account balance, view or print a copy of their lease, submit maintenance requests, and send messages directly to staff.
Can I take a tour?
Of course! Just call or email our office and we’ll help set up a time to meet a tour guide and take a look inside an apartment. Tours do need to be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance, so have a couple possible times in mind when you contact us.
How can I make payments?
We encourage everyone to make payments online directly through their tenant portal. It is free to pay by ACH (eCheck) by setting up your bank account information for a one time or recurring payment. Tenants can also make payments online via credit card for a small fee. We also accept paper checks mailed to us for payments.
How do I apply?
Click the “Apply Now” button on the Vacancies page next to the apartment style you’d like to apply for. If you are interested in more than one apartment style or location you only need to fill out one application. Let us know via email what other properties you’re interested in and we’ll make sure you application covers all of them. The application is free to complete online. Make sure you follow all directions at the start of the application.
Once I apply, how I get a lease?
On November 1, 2017 we will begin offering leases for 2018-19. Leases are offered to the first person or persons who have submitted their completed applications. If offered a lease, you will get an email to view and electronically sign the document online. New tenants have one week to sign and pay the deposit to confirm their tenancy.