Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you are new to the off-campus housing market or a savvy apartment veteran, there are many frequently asked questions when deciding on a place to live. Here is a short compilation of some of the most common questions we hear from prospective residents. Of course, you can always call us if you’d like and we would be happy to answer your questions in person, too.
Q: Is Wessinger Properties one of those huge, impersonal management companies?
A: No. We are a family owned and run business. We take pride in our buildings and strive provide quality, personal, communicative service. Our goal is to provide you a safe, comfortable place to live at a reasonable price.
Q: When do your leases begin and do you have 8 or 12 month leases? When do you start leasing?
A: Almost all of our leases begin either early May or early September. All leases are for a 12 month period. Most of our larger, group units are on May leases. We find that this works well, particularly for undergraduate students, so that you are finished with leasing once you graduate and you do not have to worry about subleasing after you’ve moved on from Ann Arbor.
We typically begin showing and leasing our larger, group units in late August and early September. There is a common misconception that students are not allowed to sign leases during this time, but that is not the case. Ann Arbor does have an Early Lease Signing Ordinance in place. This states that landlords cannot sign leases until a minimum of 70 days into the current lease. Since these group unit leases start in May, that puts us at a mid-July timeframe for when we can legally start leasing. We know most students aren’t around then, so we wait until groups return in the fall. We want to meet you, and we want you to meet us and see your space, so waiting until at least late August (for May leases) is very important to us.
For our smaller units (1-3 bedrooms), we find a fall lease start is preferred. We typically begin showing and leasing these smaller units at 70 days into the lease, so, starting in mid-November.
Q: Can I just go knock on the door of the property I want to see?
A: We discourage our residents from allowing people in to look at properties without an appointment. It is unsafe for current residents to get in the habit of letting people in without appointments and is also an invasion of their privacy. We will be happy to set up an appointment to go see a property with you or your group. We usually only need about 24 hours notice to arrange this.
Q: What do I need to sign the lease? Do my parents have to co-sign?
A: You will only need a security deposit check which equals 1 1/2 of a month’s rent. No prep fees are charged and no credit checks are needed. We will, however, need previous rental references. We assume that since our residents are legal adults, they will be fully, personally, responsible for their lease and therefore we do not require parental co-signers. For more leasing info, please see our Leasing Info page.
Q: Is subleasing ok? What about pets, smoking, etc.?
A: Subleasing is allowed with permission on a case by case basis. Please see our Leasing Info page for more on this. Pets and smoking are not allowed in our properties. Some of our buildings do have outside areas where smoking is acceptable, but it is imperative that you clean up after yourself and respect these shared spaces.
Q: I want to be able to have parties, is that allowed?
A: This is a delicate subject. We take a lot of pride in our properties and thus are very concerned about how they are treated. We expect our residents to respect us, our property and their neighbors as well as obey any laws that pertain to drinking, clean community, and noise ordinances. We are very alert property owners and want to work with our residents to achieve a harmonious balance between fun and responsibility. We are now including in our lease a restriction on BeerPong tables and any other binge drinking games or apparatus on our property. We hope that our residents can find responsible, controlled ways of enjoying partying without putting themselves, the property or others at risk. Coincidentally, the Ann Arbor Police department expects us to do this, as there is an increasing problem with parties and underage drinking in off-campus properties. We are very closely involved with the city’s Crime Task Force which is a community-based crime prevention committee focused on safety and crime in the campus areas so we need to set a good example.
Q: Do your properties come furnished? What’s included with the rent; internet, utilities, parking, etc.?
A: Each of our units are unique in what they offer as far as furniture and what is included. Each unit’s description will specify these details.
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