I disagree with others' reviews. I have rented from this husband/wife business twice now, and although they can come across as honest or blunt, which some may take as rude, I think you would have to be somewhat like this to rent in a college town. We have found them to be fair and kind - they even invited us for thanksgiving dinner when they found out we had no family in the area (we had rented from them at this point for 5 months). Their buildings are older, but well kept up and clean. We have had no problems except for a roof leak, and when we called they dealt with it in one day. They certainly respect your privacy, but are very available if issues or questions arise. Upon moving out, we found them to be fair: we cleaned very well, and Mrs. Elliott asked us to come back to re-clean a couple areas, but we received our entire deposit back. I also think that a one-year lease is standard and reasonable - it's a business decision for them, too. If students want a shorter lease they can always live on campus.
Bottom line: fair price, clean apartments, equitable landlords. I highly recommend rending from Stan Elliott Real Estate, and will rent from them a third time if I ever move back to the area.