COVID Leasing Plan and Policy
We will begin the leasing process for group units, on May to May leases, in August. The smaller unit (studio to 3 bedroom apartment) leasing process will begin in November. These units are on fall leases.
The safety of our current tenants, prospective tenants, and staff is of the utmost priority. Our plan for this year will be to schedule a virtual Zoom showing with all prospective tenants for the unit. We will watch a video tour, look at pictures, and go over questions in the same way we would during an in-person showing. If your group chooses to move forward with signing the lease, we will be holding that meeting via Zoom, as well.
We know that this is not the ideal way to see your future housing or sign a lease. It is not for us, either. We are a small, family business, and the personal connection we make from doing this things in person is important to us. Each unit is unique and occupied, so we don’t have any empty model units for showings. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this unusual time.
Our Leasing Process
Our leasing process is fairly simple and straightforward. We have found that the standard lease provided to us from the University of Michigan coupled with a short one page addendum is sufficient for our leases. By using the UofM lease, you can be sure that the lease is legal and concise. Our addendum is also designed to provide tips as to how we hope our properties will be cared for. We developed this addendum to help guide residents while living in our properties. It lays out rules that we feel are essential to ensuring a safe, damage-free lease term. Please refer to the links below to see both of the aforementioned forms.
One of the most common questions we get is concerning subleasing. All of our leases our 12-month leases and begin in either May or September. Sub-leasing is a common practice and is allowed at our properties with our written permission. We reserve the right to refuse a particular agreement if we feel it is in the best interest of us or the property. All sub-leases must be facilitated through the use of a sub-lease agreement and the exchange of a security deposit between the primary and sub-tenants. We are happy to provide some guidance towards the successful completion of a sublet but all responsibility for finding and signing a sub-tenant is the responsibility of the primary tenant. Below are links to the sub-lease agreement that is available from the UofM Off-campus Housing office as well as a sub-leasing guideline.
Please see our FAQ page for answers to some common questions.