FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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General Leasing Questions

Can additional furniture be brought into the apartment?

You can add to the furniture in your apartment, but you can not take any of our furniture out of the apartment.

 

Can I pay my bill with a credit card? Is there an extra charge?

You can make payments online with any major credit card. There are transaction fees that apply with the use of a credit card and it is a percentage based off the amount of the transaction. You will be shown the convenience fee when making the payment and have to agree to the extra fee before the payment is processed.

Can I request an apartment or roommates?

You can request an apartment and roommate(s). We will do our best to accommodate your requests, but please understand there are NO GUARANTEES.

Can I use my financial aid?

You should review any documentation concerning grants, loans or scholarships with your parents and Lock Haven University's financial aid office. Please view our Financial Aid Form for more information regarding loans, scholarships and financial aid for the academic year. Most loans that would cover on-campus housing should cover Evergreen Commons. It is entirely up to you to do the research. However, the first installment must be paid before you move in. You may not wait to pay that installment until your aid comes in. We will require a copy of your loan verification with your second installment in order to waive one (1) late fee. You are not able to be more than one (1) month behind in payment. Once your loan refund is given to you, it is your responsibility to pay the rent that is due.

Can sophomores live at Evergreen Commons?

Absolutely! LHU only has a one year on campus requirement. Any LHU student can live with us after their freshman year!

Do I have to have a meal plan?

No, but meal plans are available through University Dining Services.

How close to campus are you?

We are a block from campus, or about a 5 minute walk.

How many people live there?

There are 408 bedrooms at Evergreen Commons.

If I am over 21, do I need a guarantor?

Yes. All leases are required to have a guarantor. If an approved guarantor cannot be obtained, we will accept a security deposit of one (1) installment. This security deposit will be refunded at the end of the lease term provided there are no outstanding balances on the resident's account. The security deposit is in addition to your monthly installments.

Is parking available?

There is ample parking available and students can receive a parking pass during move-in.

What do I need to connect my computer to the Internet?

We have Wi-Fi throughout the property. You may also use an Ethernet cord to connect your computer to the Internet in your bedroom.

What if I need to cancel my lease?

If you need to cancel your lease, you must let the Community Manager, Leasing & Marketing Manager, or the Resident Services Manager know ASAP. If you find another LHU student to take over your lease, you will be responsible for a $200 lease reassignment fee. If you do not find someone to take over your lease, you will be responsible for a termination fee equal to three (3) monthly installments.

What is the cost?

Check out our floor plans to see the most up to date pricing! If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 570-893-1833 or email evergreencommonslmm@greystar.com.

What size are the beds?

Every room has a full/double bed (80 inch).

What types of apartments/rooms are available?

We have four bedroom/two bath apartments (4x2) and two bedroom/one bath apartments (2x1). For our 4x2 floor plan, we offer furnished, unfurnished, and deluxe 2 bedroom. The deluxe 2 bedroom is a furnished 4x2 floor plan with two of the bedrooms locked off. The 2x1 floor plan is offered as furnished.

What types of leases are available?

We lease on a first come, first served basis. The leases we offer are individual, meaning it only pertains to you and not your roommates. Check out our floor plans to see the available lease terms! If you don’t see one that fits your needs, feel free to call us at 570-893-1833 or email evergreencommonslmm@greystar.com to see if we can help!

What utilities are included in my monthly installment?

All utilities are included. Rent also covers up to $190.00 of electricity in the 4x2’s, $175 for the 2x2’s, and $125 for the 2x1’s. Any amount over this will be split evenly between the roommates. A basic cable package and a cable box/remote are included in each living room. If you want cable in your bedroom, you will need to contact Comcast and pay for that separately.

When are the application and administrative fees due?

For all applicants, when you turn in your application, we require that you pay the $30.00 application fee that is non-refundable and the $200.00 administrative fee. The administrative fee is for maintenance of the clubhouse, amenities, and other upkeep of the property. The administrative fee is refundable if you cancel within 48 hours of submitting your application. We have promotions throughout the leasing season that will give a discount on these fees. Check with us to see what our current special is. Please understand the application/service fee is NOT A DEPOSIT and it, in no way, holds/guarantees your spot at Evergreen Commons. The only way we can guarantee housing is when we have a signed lease from the applicant with openings available.

When can I move in?

Move in begins August 18, 2020 at 8:30am, which is the Tuesday before classes start. If you need to move in prior to that date due to other activities, please be sure to contact the office 2 WEEKS PRIOR to moving in. Additional charges will apply.

When is my first payment due?

The first payment is due July 15th and the next installment is due September 1st and the 1st of every month thereafter.

Will you send me a bill for each installment?

No, we do not send out a bill each month. It is the student's responsibility to pay their bill on the first of every month.

How do I sign a lease?

Visit our website and click on 'Lease Online'. Choose your floor plan and lease type and begin your application. Once your application is approved, an online lease will be sent to you to sign. At the end of the lease, you will be asked to enter your parent/guardian's name and email address. They will then receive an email asking them to apply to be your guarantor. Once their application is approved, they will be sent their portion of the lease to sign. At this point, the Evergreen staff will sign off on the lease to make it fully executed.

What’s the difference between a security deposit and a guarantor?

When you apply, you have the choice to select paying a security deposit OR adding a guarantor to your account. A guarantor is someone who is at least 25 years of age that has a US residency. This is usually a parent or guardian. The guarantor essentially guarantees payment incase you are not able to pay. If you cannot provide a guarantor, you will need to pay a security deposit and sign a security deposit lease addendum. Your security deposit will be in addition to your lease installments. The security deposit amount is equal to your monthly installment amounts and must be paid before we can finalize your lease. When your lease comes to an end, you will be refunded your security deposit within 30 days provided there are no outstanding balances on your account.

What if LHU goes remote for the semester? Can I get out of my lease?

Whether LHU is face to face or remote, we are still supplying you with housing. If you need to cancel your lease, you must let the Community Manager, Leasing & Marketing Manager, or the Resident Services Manager know ASAP. If you find another LHU student to take over your lease, you will be responsible for a $200 lease reassignment fee. If you do not find someone to take over your lease, you will be responsible for a termination fee equal to three (3) monthly installments.

Why do I have to pay a full month's rent if I'm not here for the full month?

At Evergreen Commons, we don’t have monthly rent. Instead, we break the overall price of your lease into a monthly installment plan. The overall price of your lease is based on the beginning and ending dates of your lease. We then break that overall price into equal monthly installments. This makes it easier for our residents to remember instead of having odd amounts to pay each month! To see when your monthly installments are due, refer to the first page of your lease.

Renewal Questions

Can I request different roommates for next year?

We want you to be comfortable here and will do everything we can to accommodate your roommate requests. Please email evergreencommonslmm@greystar.com with updated roommate requests. We’ll do our absolute best, but preferred roommates are never guaranteed.

What is a "renewal?"

Are you loving it here and can’t imagine leaving at the end of your lease? By signing a renewal, you get to extend your stay at Evergreen Commons! Keep an eye out for your renewal offer!

If I renew, will my guarantor have to sign again?

No, your guarantor will not need to sign again when you accept and sign your renewal offer.

If I renew, do I have to move out then move back in?

If you have a lease ending in July, you will NOT have to move out. Your new lease will begin as soon as your old lease ends. If you have a lease ending in May, you will have the option to keep your belongings in your apartment between leases. This will only be permitted if you hand in your keys and provide us with proof of rental insurance.

I'm graduating in December, can I still renew?

You can! We have a limited amount of fall semester leases available. Contact the office for more information!

When can I renew my lease?

Keep an eye out for your renewal offer! We’ll send it to you as soon as leasing begins.

How do I renew?

We know how busy you are, so we have made the process as quick and easy as possible. Renewing is a easy as "1,2,3"! Just following these steps:
1. Open your renewal email from us.
2. Review the terms, and click "Accept"
3. Follow the prompts to sign the new lease agreement.
It's that easy!

 

When do I start paying the new rent amount?

If you have a lease ending in July, you will start paying your new rent amount on August 1st.
If you have a lease ending in May, you will need to pay your first installment of your new lease by July 15th.