That time of year is upon us once again – Homecoming / Foco. This year Western University has decided to move Homecoming back to the last weekend of September, like it should be. We know that students both in residence, and in off campus housing (our Redbricks tenants included) will be excited to join in the festivities. We want everyone to have a great time and enjoy themselves. That said, we thought you should be aware of some additional measures the city of London is taking this year. There will be some pretty strict enforcement of parties around the university, with additional uniformed officers being brought in to police partying (indoors: max of 25 people, outdoors: 100), and some fairly hefty fines to be given out. For more information you can check out this article
If you are going to be around our properties this weekend, we ask that please be respectful of your neighbours as some may be trying to study/sleep. We know this school year has gotten off to a bit of a rocky start, and we would hate to see any further impediment to your student experience. So please have fun, be safe, and take care of one another!
Just wanted to share a bit of info regarding Covid – if you’re like us you’re getting pretty sick of hearing about it! But we have to remember that we must still be vigilant, and work together as a community to help stop the spread. Numbers around the province are starting to creep back up again, and the last thing we want is to see everyone come back from the summer break, get going at Western and then have them shut the school down again putting classes online. If you haven’t already heard, Western University has announced that all students being on campus must be vaccinated (more info here: https://globalnews.ca/news/8142210/western-university-testing-unvaccinated-people-campus/).
Have you gotten vaccinated yet? If not you should consider booking that now!
As you return to your Redbrick from the summer break, please keep in mind the following things:
If you live in an apartment-style building, masks are still mandatory walking through common areas. Please do not leave your unit without a mask on
Our cleaners will still be periodically coming around with our hydrostatic sprayer, hitting common touch points
When you submit a maintenance ticket on Yuhu, we will reply in the ticket with our covid screening questions. Please make sure to check back and answer them – your ticket will not be put into the maintenance queue until you respond.
It’s easy to get complacent, but we all need to keep doing our part so we can get completely back to normal!
We hope you’ve all been having a nice summer so far. We’re excited to finally see some indication that things are starting to get back to normal. It looks like everything at Western is a go to be back on campus in the fall. Just make sure you’re all trying to get vaccinated as soon as you are able to. Around the Redbricks we’re still taking necessary Covid precautions: masks are still needing to be worn in all common areas of our buildings, our cleaners are still frequently using our hydrostatic sprayer to disinfect common touch points, etc. London ON is currently seeing great progress with their Covid numbers, and we want to continue to do our part to help that process.
For those of you who are new groups with us this year, our turnover team has been working very hard to get your units ready for you. This year it’s been a little bit slower because of Covid, and we really appreciate your patience and understanding while we work through this!
A couple things to be aware of if you’re visiting your unit this summer:
1) Make sure you double check that you have your keys before you make the trip down. We don’t always have someone around to open a door. And remember, being locked out does not constitute an emergency, and if a staff member comes out after hours it will be at a $50 charge to you.
2) Keep in mind we are currently experiencing extremely hot, humid weather. Especially for those of you in 1st floor units, it’s going to feel extra humid especially if all of the windows have been sealed up all summer. You’ll need some time to air the unit out. An A/C unit or a fan will help. While you’re there, it’s best to open windows at night when the air is the coldest, and then close them during the day to try to keep that cool air in.
3) Make sure you 100% check that all of your doors and windows are locked before you head back home. If windows are not locked you become an easy target if someone wants to break in. Be vigilant!
4) As always, if you’re going to be gone for more than 48 hours we suggest turning off the main water to your unit so as to not allow for a leak. For more information refer to your new tenant packages
That’s all for now. Stay safe, enjoy the summer, and we look forward to seeing people in the fall.
And if you made it to the end of this, thanks for sticking it out! The 1st 3 people to email Sam (firstname.lastname@example.org) will receive a $50 uber eats gift card
Have you started your own small business or have a side hustle? Part of a family business? We want to help you promote it! At the Redbricks we always have our tenants send us their ideas and hear some great business ideas from the Business 2257 course. We want to help you promote your business. Whether it’s a student-focused business here in London, or something you’ve got going on back home, we know times have been tough, and London Property Corp would love to do our part and help get your name out there. Just tag us in an Instagram post (@lpc_redbricks) and we’ll repost it in our story!
We really hope Western is being kind to you this exam season. We know as students this is a very busy time of year for you, but there is some important info you should be aware of before packing up and heading home (this info should also have been posted to your Yuhu account as well).
1st off, don’t forget helpful tips from the past! If you’re going to be gone for more than 48 hours, then you should shut off the main water to your unit to prevent leaks from occurring while you’re gone. And don’t forget to make sure you lock all doors and windows before you go. It is unfortunate, but sometimes people will try to target student housing rentals at key times when students are home from university.
A lot of times tenants will turn their furnace off when they go home trying to save heat. DO NOT DO THAT! This can result in pipes freezing and bursting which can cost tens of thousands of dollars in damage (and that would be your responsibility). Instead, just turn your thermostat down to about 10-12 degrees. This will save you a bit on gas costs, while keeping your unit warm enough that pipes won’t freeze. ***If you live in a unit where your thermostat controls other people’s heat (namely 351-365 Wharncliffe), please leave your temperature set to normal room temp!
Next, make sure you always check that you have your keys when leaving the unit, in case a roommate locks you out by accident, and absolutely make sure you have them before heading back to London after the break.
Finally, we hope you all have a successful exam season, a happy holiday, and a restful break. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone back in their student homes in 2021!
Did you know that London Property Corp has a referral program?
Referrals are a very big part of how we rent out all of our off campus student housing in London, for Western University students. We really appreciate the relationship we have with our tenants, and we’re always so happy to hear that our renters have such a good experience that they want to refer us to their friends. We have a referral program that benefits you in 2 ways:
You can help make the Redbricks a better community by loading them up with your friends (why wouldn’t you want all your friends to live near you?!?)
You can make some really easy CASH!!! We offer $100 for every successful referral
What is a successful referral? When you refer a new group to us (it can’t be someone who already lives/lived with us), and they sign a lease. That group needs to inform us in writing before/at the time of signing that you referred them (they can’t come back to us weeks later claiming they got referred; it HAS to be before they sign)
And that’s it! There’s no cap on it – in previous years we’ve had people earn upwards of $1000, and you can too!
So spread the word if you have friends in any of the Western University residences, or friends already living off campus who are looking to move. Talk to people in your classes, cafeterias, or on the bus! We want to have your friends be your neighbours, and we want to pay you for it!
Hello London Property Corp tenants (but really this applies to all Western students, both on and off campus so feel free to pass on my words of wisdom),
Western’s fall reading week is upon us. Make sure you use this time to relax and unwind. University can be a stressful time, and especially with the bombshell of a year that is 2020. So use this week for some self-care. Sleep in, catch up with family and friends, maybe read a book? Ahh who am I kidding, no one actually reads on reading week.
It’s also Halloween weekend. We hope you have lots of fun, but please stay safe! If you’re staying in London and are looking for something to do, you can find some events happening around town this weekend here And if you’re going home, please remember to close and lock all doors and windows before you leave! Before heading home, read local warnings here
Don’t forget to enter our #RedbrickOrTreat Instagram contest. We’re giving away 3 cash prizes of $100. Details were emailed out this week. If you don’t already follow us on Instagram you definitely should
So have a great weekend, an even better week off, and we’ll see everyone when they get back!
Sitting at home struggling with the age old question: what the heck am I going to eat tonight? Well struggle no more because the Redbricks at London Property Corp has you covered! You can win a pizza party for you and your roommates tonight!
To participate you must be a student in one of LPC's off-campus housing rentals in London, ON. If you are then here's what to do:
1) Click on the "Contact" tab on our website
2) Fill out the contact form. In the message box make sure to include your bulding/unit number and which pizza place in London you want it from
We will accept entries from now until 3:30pm. All entries will be put in a list and a random number generator will select the big winner! We'll contact the winner directly.
Thanksgiving is upon us: Hot turkey, stuffing, and gravy! The MLHU is strongly urging all students to stay in London in their off-campus rentals if possible, and to avoid going home to hotspot cities such as Toronto and Montreal. Some of you may need to go home for personal reasons. Before heading home from Western campus and leaving your student home behind, there are a few things you should make sure to double check:
1) Make sure all doors and windows are properly closed/locked. If there is an issue with these, you should submit a maintenance request. Also make sure to take home any valuables.
2)If you pay for your utilities, you should make sure to turn off the main water to your unit to prevent leaks/floods from occurring (more info in your tenant package)
3)Make sure stove/oven is off, and hair straighteners/curling irons unplugged
Most importantly – make sure to relax! The Western student experience is fun, but can be very stressful. Make sure to follow these steps and your off campus apartment/townhouse/house won’t be an added stress when you get back!
Ahh fall! The leaves are changing, the geese start migrating, and students all around Western campus trade their Birkenstocks for Uggs and tank tops for a cozy sweater! Something very common students will find in their off-campus rentals in London is that they have issues with getting the heat on when the air gets a wee bit nippy. We recommend you make sure you have your account set up with Enbridge. This is the company that supplies gas to your unit that heats your furnace. A lot of students assume it’s already on because they’ve been living here for a few months now. BUT, if you have an electric hot water tank, which some of our apartments and townhouses do, then you won’t technically have needed gas yet. So, make sure to check that now, because they have to come turn the gas on, and they’ll need into your rental to make sure everything is ok. This process can take time on their end, so not a bad idea to do that now! Also, just make sure your furnace is actually switched on (most have a switch above the normal lightswitch in the utility room), and make sure the thermostat is set to 'heat', with the fan on 'auto'.