Achieving Community Together (ACT)
ACT is a collaborative effort between Texas State University and the City of San Marcos to reduce common sources of conflict in a university town: noise, parking, trash and the upkeep of rental property.
ACT Ally is a program of ACT in collaboration with the Department of Housing and Residential Life. Through ACT Ally, innovative approaches are used to address quality of life issues for a successful off campus living experience. Resources are available to assist with roommate disputes, landlord disputes, maintenance concerns and leasing issues to help resolve conflicts.
Are you looking for off-campus housing? ACT Ally is here to help.
ACT Ally connects students to the rental housing industry through Members and Affiliates who promote a healthy living environment plus demonstrate a pattern of fair and equitable business practices in the delivery of affiliated services and products. As a participant in the ACT Ally program, an apartment complex, rental property, product or service provider is included in a select group to help students and parents make more informed decisions when choosing off campus housing. In addition, each year a peace officer performs a crime prevention survey at participating properties checking the quality of doors, locks, windows, plus the lightning and grounds maintenance.
For a list of ACT Ally participants, go to our Members and Affiliates page.
- What is ACT?
- What is ACT Ally?
- What are the goals of ACT Ally?
- Who are ACT Ally participants?
- How many Members and Affiliates participate in ACT Ally?
- Are ACT Ally participants evaluated for membership?
- Does an ACT Ally designation guarantee physical safety and security?
- Does the property have to pass all the survey criteria to be designated an ACT Ally property?
- Does the property owner have a chance to make repairs so the property can pass the survey?
- Will all apartments in a complex be inspected?
- Can a Member or Affiliate lose the ACT Ally designation?
- Will students be notified if their off-campus housing loses its ACT Ally designation?
- If a property is not listed on the City of San Marcos and Texas State web pages or is not designated as an ACT Ally, does that mean it is not considered reputable and fair or failed inspection?
- Are students encouraged to live only in ACT Ally properties?
- What if my landlord does not want to participate?
- Will ACT Ally help with maintenance issues such as leaky faucets or air conditioner problems?
- What if my apartment has an ACT Ally designation, but my landlord will not fix a health and safety concern?
- Do students have any financial or legal recourse if a property loses its ACT Ally designation after they move in, or the property owner/manager will not fix something that is on the list of criteria?
- What if I have a dispute with my roommate or property manager?
- Where can I find out about local housing ordinances and codes?