Working for the BYU Housing Office
I worked in the BYU Off Campus Housing office for two years (August 2003 – 2005). Working for BYU Housing was a great job, offering experience in recognizing and solving some crazy apartment problems.
BYU students face some very strange problems living in ancient BYU apartments—leaky roofs, backed-up sewage lines, rats and mice who refuse to pay rent, mold, rotting walls, ceilings that collapse, and old window and door locks that are easily lock-picked (if you want me to show you how, I’d be happy to give a demonstration. I’ll also show you how to make your apartment a little more safe and secure). obbery is actually quite high in BYU housing, because so many students leave apartments unlocked and trust everyone.
Over the last two years, I inspected literally hundreds of apartments to see if they still pass the BYU Housing Minimum Specifications, and inspect student complaints. The most common complaints from girls were mold problems, dirty carpet turning their feet black, mice, and intrusive landlords entering their apartment without notice. Guys tend to complain about mold, intrusive landlords, poor quality beds and couches, and lack of study space (BYU Housing Approval requires six square feet of study space per student).
Instead of letting free markets encourage landlords to make repairs to stay competitive, the BYU housing office actually limits the number of available rental units. BYU imposes strict regulations on any landlord who wants his/her place BYU approved. (Reportedly, BYU began regulating housing in
BYU Housing stays actively involved in trying to control the BYU housing market. BYU helps control rent prices in Provo Utah, with their power to decide which apartment complexes are given "BYU Approval" and which complexes are not approved. When you make the rules, own the game board, and own all the pieces, you win. It’s kind of a fun game for BYU. No one dares engage this colossal giant in battle, and BYU loves winning. Let's just hope BYU keeps playing fair.