One issue that’s becoming more prevalent on the Longwood University campus is the lack of apartments that allow for six-month leases. Students, who are in specific programs such as nursing and liberal studies, need an option for a six month lease when they’re given the opportunity to complete their placements in another county outside of Farmville. Other students who would benefit from having half year leases are the students who transfer into the university, the students who study abroad for a semester and lastly, those students who need to stay another semester to finish their degree. This has become a more widespread problem because students, such as myself, come across the issue that they would have to pay rent even for the months that the tenants aren’t living in. With rent being roughly 650 a month, students lose thousands of dollars for the lack of six month leases.

Obviously, these leases won’t just become available right away, but I suggest that students fill out a survey. The survey wouldn’t be time consuming and each question could have a comment box to allow students to voice their opinions or other answers. The outcome of the results would give the housing companies a visual and numerical representation of what the student body needs. If the demand for six month leases was high enough, I believe this could be the start of giving tenants what they hoped to expect from in the beginning. Depending on the results of that school year, the housing company can adjust what apartments will allow six-month leases and which won’t. With this being a newer concept to them, it’s understandable that this won’t just happen overnight. However, allowing six month leases would provide great reviews for the company and further help them in the long run with having overall more tenants.

The housing companies are skeptical of the idea of more six month leases because of the business side of it. If students only live in an apartment for six months, that’s half a year of rent that the company isn’t making. I understand doing what they need to do as a business to thrive, however, the cost of rent has increased within the last year alone, and with those prices raising the dent they believe they’ll see will be minor.