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Rental housing in SLO area could see impact if fewer Cal Poly students return to campus this fall

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Posted at 7:04 PM, May 13, 2020

Fewer students returning to Cal Poly's campus this fall could mean less rental housing needed.

California West Property Management oversees student housing complexes like Garfield Arms and the Abbott Street apartments in San Luis Obispo. The group says they have been receiving fewer inquiries about pre-leasing for the fall quarter since the shelter in place order went into effect.

The property management group says they are only showing vacant apartments at this time.

Other property management companies like Farrell Smyth, say property owners are already working to offer incentives for students to rent in the fall.

"We've already talked to some owners that are looking at possibilities if it's going to be virtual in the fall, of offering reduced rents during the fall quarter with maybe picking up full rents starting in January," said Larry Smyth, Farrell Smyth, Inc. owner.

Kopa, an organization that helps students find furnished rental housing says for those who are still looking for a place to live this fall, it's important to be cautious now that many listings can only be seen virtually.

"Try and make sure it's legitimate so if you find it on Craigslist, for example, definitely do some digging to make sure it's not a scam. That's obviously where we're trying to help as well. We do the vetting of the hosts for the students," said Jack Forbes, Kopa CEO.

Forbes also recommends checking out the area on Google street view to see if it's a place you'd want to live and get a feel for things like street noise.