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 OFFICE SERVICES:

GN Associates rents and maintains Park Place, The Graduate, Town Square, The Lion, Burrowes Corner, East Side Apartments and GN Centre Apartments. The office mailing address is:

GN Associates 119 S. Burrowes Street State College, PA 16801

Office Telephone: (814) 238-1878, 1-800-258-9086

Emergency Number after office hours: (814) 235-6510

info@gnrealty.com

The office is located inside Burrowes Corner at 119 South Burrowes Street, State College, PA 16801 and the hours are 8:30am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

PAYMENT OF RENT:

 All rent is due and payable on the first day of each month. You have a five day grace period to pay without penalty or late fees. Beginning on the sixth day, there is a THREE DOLLAR ($3.00) per day late charge retroactive to the first day of the month. For example, rent paid on the sixth day must include an $18.00 penalty. If the 5th of the month falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, rent will be accepted on the following business day without penalty, if payment is made in person at the office. Rent mailed to GN Associates must be postmarked by the post office by the fifth of the month to avoid late fees. Lawsuits are filed with the District Magistrate on the 20th day of each month against all individuals who are delinquent in paying rent. Any outstanding charges you may have incurred will be due with the rent the following month and will not automatically be deducted from your security deposit. All money will first be applied to cover outstanding charges, and the balance will be applied to the current rent.

Rent may be paid by check, cash, credit card (in the office only) or money order. If you have a parking space with GN Associates, the parking rent must be paid with a separate check. Please make checks and money orders payable to GN Associates. Postdated checks will not be held; all checks are cashed when received. Any checks returned from your bank marked insufficient funds will be regarded as outstanding rent. There will be a $25.00 charge for all non-sufficient funds checks. This check should be made good immediately by cash, money order or certified check. A late charge of $3.00 per day will begin accruing from the date the NSF check was received until proper payment is made good.

ROUTINE MAINTENANCE REQUESTS:

For routine maintenance requests during the day, call the office number 814-238-1878. Emergency calls made after 5:00pm will be answered by an answering machine and responded to within 48 hours from the time the call is received. Routine maintenance calls will be responded to as soon as possible. Please state the nature of your complaint, the name of your building, apartment number and telephone number. Personal visits to the business office will not be necessary.

EMERGENCIES:

In the event you have an emergency, please phone 814-238-1878 between 8:30am & 4:30pm (after 4:30pm and on the weekend call 814-235-6510). A maintenance person will be dispatched to take care of the problem. The following are considered emergencies: flood, fire, sewer backup, no heat, overflowing toilet (see toilet stoppage, pg. 4), broken pipes, and water leaks.

 It is very important that you make note of these numbers. Again, for Routine Maintenance call 814-238-1878. For emergencies call 814-238-1878 during the day and 814-235-6510 during the evening and the weekend.

APARTMENT CARE:

All tenants are expected to keep their apartments clean and orderly. Paintings, posters, etc., may be hung on the walls, HOWEVER, please use small nails or thumb tacks instead of stick-on tapes, putty or screws. Tape, putty, and screws cause considerable damage to walls when they are removed. Charges will be made at the termination of the lease for these damages.

Tenants are responsible for the condition of the furniture. The oak furniture may NOT be cleaned with water, furniture polish is advisable. Please use coasters under your glassware. Fiberglass tub enclosures may only be cleaned with non-abrasive cleaners. Please be cautious when using products with bleach, it could cause damage to the carpet.

INSURANCE:

GN Associates is NOT responsible for personal property. Should you be concerned with the possibility of fire, theft, or other casualty, you should contact your personal insurance agent about Renter's Insurance.

SMOKE DETECTORS & FIRE EXTINGUISHER:

Your apartment was furnished with one (1) Smoke Detector in the Living Room and (1) Smoke Detector in each bedroom. It is your responsibility to test and change the batteries on these units. The working order of the detector may be tested by pushing the test button. Each apartment is equipped with one fire extinguisher located in your kitchen. Tenant agrees to use such extinguisher for the purpose of extinguishing fires only. In the event the fire extinguisher is misused or tampered with during the lease term, the cost of recharging or replacing the extinguisher is paid by the Tenant. 

If you think that there is a problem with any of your smoke detectors or your fire extinguisher, call the office to request maintenance (814-238-1878 during office hours, 814-235-6510 after office hours).

Each Tenant is required by Borough Ordinance #1817 to sign the Fire Safety Certification Agreement that is included in your move-in packet.  Failure to do so can result in substantial fines from the Borough.  Please return this agreement within (7) seven days of the beginning of the lease.

LOCKOUTS:

During office hours, 8:30am to 5:00pm, you may borrow a key from the rental office. If the key is not returned within 48 hours, you will be assessed a $5.00 fee. If the borrowed key is an entrance key, the charge will be $20.00. After 5:00pm, you must call the emergency number at 814-235-6510 and make your request. A maintenance person will be called to unlock the apartment door. There is a $25.00 lock out fee after the maintenance person has been dispatched. This fee will be charged to your account and must be paid with the following month's rent. This fee also applies to lock outs on holidays and weekends. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS. If an apartment or mail key is lost, the charge for each new key is $5.00. If an entrance key or elevator key (GN Centre) is lost, the replacement charge is $20.00. DO NOT MAKE UNAUTHORIZED COPIES OF YOUR KEYS!

ENTRANCE SYSTEM: (excludes Town Square)

Your apartment building has been equipped with a Controlled Access System. All residents will be required to use a key to enter the building. For further information concerning the Access System, please refer to the instructions issued with your keys. If you or your guests are seen tampering with the system, a fine will be applied to your account.

MAILBOXES:

Mailboxes are provided in the lobby of your building. The post office is given a list of tenants in each apartment but you are responsible for taping a note inside the mailbox with the names of all tenants in the apartment. Without this list of names in the mailbox, you may not receive all of your mail.

 LOCK CHANGES:

There will be a fee of $100.00 to have a lock changed. This fee must be paid in full before the lock is changed. All residents in the apartment must agree to have the lock changed. If GN Associates finds an illegal tenant in the apartment, the locks will be changed at the expense of the leaseholders.

BED BUGS:

Bed bugs are a growing and serious problem. It is the policy of GN Associates to pay for the treatment of bed bug infestations. If you believe that you may have bed bugs, CONTACT THE OFFICE IMMEDIATLEY and we will arrange inspection and treatment. Please refer to the “Apartment Residents’ Guide to Identifying and Managing Bed Bugs” brochure attached to this packet for further information.

PETS:

NO ANIMALS whatsoever shall be carried onto or kept in or about the premises. The tenants in any apartment found to have pets shall be obligated to pay one or more extermination fees. A charge could be imposed for extermination of the entire building, if necessary, to rid the building of any infestation or potential infestation problem. Visitors are not permitted to bring pets on the premises.

TOILET STOPPAGE:

Should you experience a toilet overflow, immediately shut off the water by turning off the valve found at the base of the toilet. We have provided each apartment with a plunger which should alleviate most stoppages. To help prevent toilet stoppages, we strongly suggest that you only use single ply toilet paper.  We also remind all residents that at no time are they to flush sanitary napkins, tampons, disposable diapers, Q-tips, or rags down the commode. This will result in a sewer-line backup which will not only damage your apartment but your neighbor's as well. Toilet stoppages and damage resulting from negligence will be charged to the tenants. Please try plunging the toilet prior to calling emergency maintenance. If a maintenance person needs to be dispatched after 4:30pm on Monday through Friday, or anytime during the weekend, and the toilet only requires plunging, a minimum fee of $25.00 will be charged.

TRASH REMOVAL:

There is a dumpster located at the rear of your building. Your trash must be put into the trash chute, dumpster, or recycling bins. DO NOT LEAVE TRASH IN THE HALLS. A trash collection fee may be charged for any trash that has not been disposed of properly. Please take all cardboard directly to the dumpsters. Do not put boxes down the trash chute. Also, if you have a Christmas tree, it must be taken to the dumpsters; do not put it down the trash chute.

VERTICAL BLINDS:

Each apartment is furnished with vertical blinds. In order to prevent vertical blind damage, please make sure the blinds are in the open position when moving them to one side of the window. To clean the blinds, you may use a mild soapy detergent.

PARKING:

PARKING IS AVAILABLE ONLY TO THOSE WHO HAVE A PERMIT, WHICH MUST BE PROPERLY DISPLAYED IN THE VEHICLE WINDOW AT ALL TIMES. Any vehicle parked in the lot without a permit on display will be subject to being ticketed/towed. The monthly rental rate for a parking permit is $75.00 and must be rented on a twelve month basis. Unfortunately, no visitor parking is available at any time for any reason. Please advise your friends and relatives so they do not receive a parking ticket or risk being towed. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT VEHICLES PARKED IN THE LOT WITH THEIR FLASHERS ON WILL BE SUBJECT TO BEING TICKETED/TOWED. Any vehicle blocking trash dumpsters, boiler room entrances or fire lanes will be towed (even those with permits). You must be parked in the designated parking areas only. If you have a permit, you may park in the handicap spaces unless otherwise notified. Towing charges will be paid by the owner of the vehicle.

During office hours, if the parking lot is full and you see a vehicle without a permit, please notify the office immediately. After 5:00pm, please call Tennis Towing at 814-234-9700.

Parking is for GN Associates tenants only. Vehicles registered in the office must be owned by tenant or tenant's immediate family.

SUBLET PARKING: If you are not using your parking space and wish to sublet it to another resident, you must bring the person to the office (along with your parking sticker) to register their vehicle.

MOTORCYCLES: Motorcycles are considered a motor vehicle and may not be parked along the buildings, near bike racks, or inside the buildings. Each motorcycle will need a parking sticker, and only one motorcycle is permitted per parking space.

EAST SIDE ONLY:  The first five spaces in the lot are double spaces and are reserved for those with ES001-ES005 permits.  Any vehicle without the double space permit will be towed from these spaces.

GN Associates is not liable for damage to vehicles parked in our lots.

Visitor parking is available in the municipal lots on Fraser Street, Beaver Avenue, and Pugh Street between Beaver Avenue and College Ave.

DISHWASHERS:

Only detergents specifically for dishwashers should be used. Do not use regular laundry or dish detergent as this will cause overflowing. Any damage caused by using improper detergent will be charged to all Tenants.

MICROWAVES:

All apartments have been furnished with microwave ovens. Please do not put any type of metal or foil objects in the microwave at any time. Any damage caused by negligence will be charged to the tenant.

GARBAGE DISPOSAL:

The garbage disposal is located in your sink and is operated by a switch directly above it. The disposal may be used only when cold water is running. Placing any type of metal, bones, or hot grease into the disposal must be avoided. Pop-top can tabs, banana peels, grease, and cigarette filters will jam and many times permanently break a garbage disposal. We will charge anyone whose disposal breaks as a result of jamming.

Before reporting your garbage disposal as being inoperative, please push the reset button located on the disposal, under the sink. If this does not alleviate the problem, contact the office during business hours.

ELECTRICAL INFORMATION:

Should you lose electrical service in any area of your apartment, please check the breaker box in your apartment unit to see if a breaker has been tripped. In the event a breaker has been tripped, simply reset the power switch; this should alleviate the problem. If this does not correct the problem, call routine maintenance and report the problem.

CONSERVATION OF ENERGY:

Under the lease, the Landlord has agreed to provide certain utilities. Tenant(s) shall use all efforts to conserve energy and to use such utilities efficiently. The Landlord has the right to inspect the apartment to insure compliance. If the Tenant fails to comply with conservation of energy, the Landlord shall be entitled to collect charges for Utilities for a particular apartment which exceeds, by 10%, the average charge for apartments of a similar size for any period.

SUBLETS:

 All Sublets MUST GO THROUGH THE OFFICE. It is a violation of your lease to allow anyone to live in your apartment without doing the appropriate paperwork in the office. We must have certain information on everyone living in our buildings on file for security reasons. We will need to copy their photo ID for your file, and there is a $10.00 fee to process the paperwork. If we find out that someone is an illegal subletter in your apartment, GN Management has the right to change your apartment lock to protect the property against trespassers, and the original tenants may be subject to a fine of up to $100.00.

 The Original Tenant is Ultimately Still Responsible for the Rent. Subletting is not a lease transfer. Your subletter is welcome to make rent payments directly to us. However, if your rent isn't paid by the fifth of the month as usual, you will be held responsible for the payment and any late fees—-whether you have a subletter or not. It is not our policy to legally pursue sublet tenants for financial restitution. For this reason, we encourage you to work out payment arrangements on your own and have an agreement notarized (the Hub notarizes documents for students for free). This will provide you with grounds to file a complaint with the Magistrate against a subletter who defaults on your agreement. Our advice: try to get rent money up front.

 The Original Tenants are Still Responsible for any Damages. All original tenants of an apartment are held accountable for any damages incurred during their lease term. We do not have security deposits from sublet tenants, and therefore we cannot hold them responsible for damages. Having someone take over your rent for a few months is nice, but isn't worth it if they end up trashing your apartment at your expense.

 The Original Tenants is responsible for Keys. All original tenants are given one set of keys. The original tenant is responsible for making sure the sublet tenant gets his/her set of keys to use for the duration of the sublet, as well as making sure the sublet returns the keys to them. GN Associates does not hold keys in the office for the sublet to pick up or return. Summer sublets must return the keys to the office by the last day of the lease term in order to ensure the original tenant does not obtain a key charge.

Remember—subletting is done AT YOUR OWN RISK. Every year, most of our tenants sublet with no problems, but we always end up having to deal with some bad situations. If you decide to go through with a sublet, please make sure you protect yourself. If you are planning a sublet, or if you have any more questions about our policies, please feel free to call or stop by the office.

ELEVATOR EMERGENCY INFORMATION:

The elevator in your building is a highly sophisticated piece of mechanical equipment. As you know, anything mechanical is subject to malfunctioning. The elevator in your building is rated for a maximum capacity of 2500 pounds. This should not be exceeded. No more than fifteen (15) persons should ride in the cab at any one time.

Should the elevator in your building stop for any reason while you are riding in the cab, remain calm and push the alarm button. This button will activate a bell on the cab and can be heard in the lobby of the building as well as throughout the building.

 

Under no circumstances should you attempt to leave the cab or to tamper with the elevator doors. Ring the alarm bell and wait until maintenance personnel arrive. Should anyone hear the alarm bell in the hallway, please call our emergency phone number 814-235-6510.

The stop switch on the elevator should never be pulled between floors. It will result in an abrupt stop of the elevator and may damage the elevator equipment which will necessitate elevator service personnel being called in for repairs. Should you be aware of any person or persons tampering with the stop switch, notify our office immediately. Anyone found vandalizing or tampering with the elevators will be subject to arrest and prosecution.

The Management offers a standing REWARD of $100.00 for any information leading to the arrest and prosecution of any person(s) seen tampering with the elevator equipment.

LAUNDRY ROOMS:

If you are experiencing a problem with the laundry facilities, please notify the rental office. Report which building, machine (give the machine number if possible), and whether it was a washer or dryer. GN Associates will refund the money to you if something is found wrong with the machine. TENANTS MUST CLEAN THE DRYER VENTS AFTER EACH LOAD!! Laundry room hours are Sunday through Thursday - 24 hours; Friday & Saturday - 7:30am to 10:00pm.

VENDING: (PARK PLACE ONLY)

A vending machine with soda is provided in the 2nd floor laundry room of Park Place. If you experience a problem with or have lost money using the vending machine, please notify Bittner Vending directly at 800-869-7521.

BICYCLES:

Bicycle racks have been provided for your convenience. Bicycles are not to be attached to trees, railings, utility poles, or any public property. At no time shall bicycles be ridden inside the building. Anyone seen riding a bicycle in the building will be charged a minimum $25.00 fine. Any bicycle not in the proper area will be impounded with a $25.00 fee assessed for its return. Please advise all your visitors of this policy.  Bicycles may not be stored on balconies at The Lion. Bike rooms are provided at East Side, Town Square and The Lion. To use these facilities, you must register your bicycle with the office and sign for a key.

IN-LINE SKATES/SKATEBOARDS

At no time shall any tenant or guest skate/rollerblade inside the building. Anyone seen skating/skateboarding in the building will be charged a minimum $25.00 fine.

LIGHT BULBS:

GN Associates has furnished your apartment with working light bulbs. It is your responsibility to replace all bulbs except the fluorescent kitchen and bathroom light bulbs and the bulb in the refrigerator. We expect all bulbs to be working when you vacate the premises, or charges will be made against your security deposit.  The maximum wattage for the light bulbs is 60Watts.

VACUUM CLEANERS:

All residents are encouraged to have a vacuum cleaner on hand to clean your carpet. The carpet in your apartment should be vacuumed at least once a week. GN Associates does not lend vacuum cleaners to Tenants.

TELEVISION CABLE:

Each apartment is supplied with one television cable cord. If this piece is missing when the apartment is vacated, there will be a charge for replacement. Expanded Television cable is included in the monthly rental rate.

Contact Mike Beck of Comcast directly for any questions or repairs on the television cable reception at 814-280-0438 if you live in The Graduate. Contact Windstream at 1-800-600-5050 if you live in Park Place, The Lion, Burrowes Corner, GN Centre, East Side or Town Square. Be sure to mention that your cable is paid for by the landlord and is part of a bulk account.

Starting in June 2010, Comcast required digital adapters at The Graduate to properly receive their “enhanced” expanded basic service. Please see the enclosed “Important Notice Regarding you Comcast Cable Service” for further information.

SMOKING POLICY:

There will be NO SMOKING PERMITTED in the hallways, lobbies, common areas or elevators. Also, anyone seen smoking at an open apartment window will be charged for the clean up of cigarette butts found in that area. Do not put cigarettes out on your carpet, you will be charged for each burn. If you must smoke in your apartment, please use an ashtray; do not put cigarettes out on the side of the building.

PARTY REGULATIONS:

All parties must be registered with the office. Any parties not registered will be shut down. During the week, all parties must be registered with the rental office by 4:00 pm on the day of the party. If you are having a party on the weekend, it must be registered by 4:00 pm on Friday.  Apartments that are adjacent to or across the hall from each other may not register parties for the same evening. In the event that this happens, GN Associates will honor the request of the apartment that registered their party first. If a party gets out of hand it may be shut down, even if it is registered.

The lease states that no loud noises, stereos, etc., shall be played beyond 10:30pm. However, as a courtesy, GN Associates allows parties to continue until 2:00am on Friday and Saturday as long as other tenants are not disturbed and the parties are registered. This privilege may be revoked if necessary. Also, please keep in mind that you are responsible for the conduct of your guests the entire time they are on GN Associates property. For further information on party rules, please refer to the example party registration form in at the end of this packet.

EXIT/ENTRANCE:

Sliding glass doors or windows in 1st floor apartments are not to be used as an entrance or exit for people or goods. If residents are seen using their window or door in this manner, there will be a charge assessed for damage to the landscaping.

VISITOR POLICY:

Guests may not stay for a period of more than two days in any given week. If a problem arises with roommates because of the imposition of a guest, the tenant with whom the guest is visiting could be charged additional rent and/or face eviction.

BALCONIES (The Lion & GN Centre Only)

Balconies are not to be used for storage. If you are found storing items on the balcony, there will be a fine imposed for each day until the items are removed. Bikes may not be stored on the balcony; a bike room is available at The Lion.

BARBECUE GRILLS

Grills are not permitted in any apartment or on any balcony. Any apartment found with a grill will be fined and the grill will be removed.

 NOTE: Any charges listed in the General Information Packet are subject to change.

 

 

DO'S AND DON'TS IN A HIGH RISE FIRE

Knowing what to DO and what NOT TO DO if you discover a fire in your high-rise apartment building could save your life and the lives of others. Here are critical items you should know:

  •      Familiarize yourself with emergency exits.
  •      Pull alarm on your floor at either end of hall in the event of a fire.
  •      Immediately call the fire department. Never assume that anyone else has called. (FIRE

           DEPARTMENT 911)

  •      Before trying to leave your apartment, place your hand on the door. If the door feels

warm within five seconds, do not open it.  Stay and wait for help.

  •      If the door is cool, open it and check for the presence of smoke in the corridor. If smoke is

present, crawl beneath the level of the smoke.

  •      If the corridor appears clear, alert other tenants on your floor and proceed to the closest

exit stairway calmly.

  •      If you are forced to remain within your apartment, keep your door closed and attempt to

seal the cracks around the door with wet towels or blankets

  •      If possible, when smoke enters your apartment, open a window as near to the ceilings as

you can. Keep as low to the floor as possible where the cooler and fresher air is.

  •      Never attempt to remove your car from its parking space unless ordered to do so by fire

officials.

  •      Never shout "FIRE". Don't help create panic, calmly alert other residents.
  •      Never attempt to re-enter the building until fire officials permit you to do so.
    •     Never attempt to use elevators, take the closest emergency exit.
    •     DO NOT use water on a grease fire. Use the chemical extinguisher in your apartment.

FIRE ALARM SYSTEM:

The fire alarm system in all buildings is an in-house system. This means when a pull station is activated you must call 911 to notify the fire company. The pull stations do not automatically notify the fire company. The pull stations are designed to evacuate the building. In the event of a fire, a pull station needs to be activated AND the fire company must be called immediately by dialing 911. The pull stations are located on each floor by the stairwell exit.

In the event of a fire alarm: (1) Call 814-238-1878 during office hours or (2) the emergency maintenance number, 814-235-6510, after office hours. The Management offers a standing REWARD of $100.00 for any information leading to the arrest and prosecution of any person or persons seen tampering with the fire alarm system.