Be a Good Neighbor

8 Easy Ways to Be a Good Neighbor

Know Your Neighbors Introduce yourself.  Share contact information.  Offer your assistance with shoveling or babysitting.  Good neighbors watch out for one another and report any suspicious activity to the Mission Hill Problem Property Hotline (617-373-3680).

Get Involved Explore your neighborhood.  Help with a local cleanup like Mission Hill or Fenway Breakfast Club! Attend your neighborhood committee meetings.

Know Your Rights Landlords must have rental units inspected within 45 days of a new tenancy.  Know Boston safety requirements and check the inspection records for your apartment!

Shhhh! At any time of day or night, loud or unruly conduct is a violation.  Not all neighbors are college students; you may live next to a family with children or an elderly couple trying to sleep. Be respectful, stay quiet!

Take out the Trash Check the pick up schedule for your street or download the Trash App to set up reminders.  Avoid a $25 ticket for “illegal trash disposal” by putting trash out at the correct time.

Go Green Recycle! Check pick-up schedules and appropriate ways to recycle here.

Be Fire-Safe Make sure that there is always a working battery in your smoke alarm. Extinguish candles when you go to bed or leave.  Make sure guests put ashes in ashtrays; not the floor, yard, or potting soil.  If you have a gas stove, regularly clean the burners. Click here, for more information.

Stay off the Roof Check your lease for roof-top regulations.  If you’re up there illegally, you face serious fines from your landlord and/or Boston Police and potential injury!

Northeastern University Police created a video series with tips for living off campus and being #SMARTneigbors! Check out the first video on trash etiquette below. 

NOTE: Northeastern’s Code of Student Conduct applies off-campus as well as on-campus.


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