The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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June 19, 2013

LiveKato addresses first-time renters

City hopes to help promote neighborliness


It was clear the city wanted to avoid coming across as a scold by simply focusing on repercussions of bad behavior. The site offers plenty of suggestions that could help renters save money, frustration and more.

A look at the site before signing a lease would remind a student to check the window locks, consider how well-lit the entrance to the building is, ask if the locks were changed since the last renters left ... .

Would-be renters are reminded to think about the proximity of a laundromat, to make sure there's adequate parking for car owners or a nearby bus stop for transit users, to verify that the appliances and plumbing work. And they're invited to check out what Mankato offers via links to the park system, trails, shopping destinations and entertainment options.

"Mankato wants to promote livability for all within our community," Ange said.


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