FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the Prep Fee for and what does it cover?

This is a nonrefundable fee that is used for deep cleaning the house. The cost of deep cleaning the house exceeds this cost.  There are no negotiations on this fee.

If you are renting a multi-unit house and renting more than one unit there may be multiple prep fees, one for each unit.  The landlord may waive additional prep fees in this case.

2. Who cuts the lawn and shovels snow?

Our lawn and snow service takes care of these tasks.  We cut the grass, remove leaves and remove snow that is over 2″ per snow fall from your sidewalk and driveway.

Snow under 2 ” is the responsibility of the tenant.  We will supply you with a snow shovel and ice melter for you walkway.

3. What about trash removal service?

The City of Ann Arbor will pick up the trash and recyclables that are put in the correct bins on a weekly basis.  You are responsible for taking the bins to the street for pickup on your assigned day:

Monday for houses on N. Ingalls, Hamilton, Adams, S State;
Tuesday for East University, Judson Ct.

If you leave trash on your yard, even if you didn’t put it there, you can be fined a party trash fee from the City.  You are responsible for trash fines and fees.

During turnover at the end of April and the end of August the City provides dumpsters at Oakland and East University to get rid of excess household items including furniture.

4. What happens at move out time?

Look at your lease to see when your moveout date is.  Please remove everything you came with.  If there is a question about leaving some furniture or big items, please check with the landlord to make specific arrangement.

Do not throw out furniture that was in the house when you moved in or you will be charged for it unless special arrangements are made with the landlord.

Contact your landlord ahead of time f you know of any specific damages.  Working out something in advance often is more beneficial to both parties then leaving a surprise for the landlord.

Please clean major dirt and debris.  This means either sweep or vacuum the floors, wipe off counter tops in the kitchens & bathrooms and empty refrigerators, cabinets, closets and drawers.

There will be a fee for excess cleaning.  Excess cleaning is the cost of cleaning the house that exceeds your pre-paid cleaning fee.

Take away all your stuff from the outside of the house too including grills, tires, trash on the grounds, beds etc.

Over at Oakland and East University are huge dumpsters you can use for free to dispose of all kins of house hold trash.

If you decide to leave trash the bagging fee is $50 per bag and our baggers are very inefficient. We will take a picture and deduct it from your security deposit.

Thank You Parents

Thank you for filling out the parent cosign form.We will use this information to contact you in an emergency or if for some reason there is an issue with the rent.

We may send an occasional note to all the parents but probably won’t.

If you need any help or have a question feel free to call or email us at any time.  We may not answer if it’s 4 am but we’ll get back to you asap.  Use Contact Us above.

You can find copies of our lease and other documents on this website if you scroll down the right sidebar.

Sincerely,

Lana Hawkins

Application Verified

Congratulations! Your application has been received.

Thank you for filling out the University Places online application.  We will use the contact information you provided to communicate with you about your rental house.

Feel free to contact us with and questions or issues you have.

Lana Hawkins, Manager
734-478-2936

125 Adams, 4 Bedroom House

125 Adams - 4 bedroom house
Leased for 2016.
University Places – 4 Bedroom Rental House
125 Adams Ave, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104 USA  734-478-2936
Rent plus gas & electricity.
Landlord pays for water.
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bath
  • Large Kitchen
  • Dining Room
  • Living Room
  • Furnished
  • Free Laundry in Basement
  • Free Parking
  • Close to Downtown Ann Arbor and Michigan Stadium

You still need to get on the wait list for this house.  We will take a deposit to hold this house.  Showings start Nov 1st.  Make an appointment or place your deposit now.

Map of 125 Adams Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104

 


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Cost Of Utilities 125 Adams Ave

The average cost per month for the entire house for Electricity and Gas listed below.  This information comes from DTE as of 10-12-2012.

DTE Gas: $64

DTE Electricity: $108

Total DTE per person per month (4 people) $43

Your usage may vary and can be reduced by careful use of energy.  Here are some suggestions to keep utility bills low:

Use compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Turn off light and electronics (computers) when not in use.
Close the windows and storms in the winter when the heat is on.
Have leaky faucets and toilets repaired.

Water Costs

We pay the water.  If you have any leak, call us right away to get it fixed. Slow leaks can really increase a water bill. Tenants will be billed for excessive water usage.  Typical usage is $10-$15 per person per month.

123 Adams Ave., 5 Bedroom, 2 Bath

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Leased for 2016!

University Places – 5 Bedroom Rental House

123 Adams Ave, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104 USA  734-478-2936
 
Rent plus gas & electricity. Landlord pays for water.
 
 
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2 Baths
  • Large Kitchen
  • Dining Room
  • Living Room
  • Furnished
  • Free Laundry in Basement
  • Free Parking
  • Close to Downtown Ann Arbor and Michigan Stadium

Availability announced Nov 1st when we find out.

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Furnished

Currently the house is not furnished, however we are happy to provide beds, desks, dressers plus living & dining room furniture if you need it.

Next Door, 125 Adams Ave.

125 Adams, the house next door, is also available and is a 4 bedroom house.  You can have your 9 person group as next door neighbors!  The driveway is shared and there is plenty of parking for both houses.

 

Cost Of Utilities 123 Adams Ave

The average cost per month for the entire house for Electricity and Gas listed below.  This information comes from DTE as of 10-12-2012.

DTE Gas: $82

DTE Electricity: $112

Total DTE per person per month (5 people) $39

Your usage may vary and can be reduced by careful use of energy.  Here are some suggestions to keep utility bills low:

Use compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Turn off light and electronics (computers) when not in use.
Close the windows and storms in the winter when the heat is on.
Have leaky faucets and toilets repaired.

Water Costs

We pay the water.  If you have any leak, call us right away to get it fixed. Slow leaks can really increase a water bill. Tenants will be billed for excessive water usage.  Typical usage is $10-$15 per person per month.

How to Rent a House

This is how you rent a house from University Places.

Read everything on this page if you want to rent a house in Ann Arbor for school next year.  It applies to most management companies even if they don’t tell you.

1.Visiting The House You Want to Rent – What’s Available

The first thing most people want to do is see the house they might want to rent.  There is a law in Ann Arbor that says landlords cannot show or lease houses until 70 days after the start of a lease that is longer than 9 months.  If we have any houses not limited to this showing period they are listed here. Click on that link to see more info about that house.

How do I visit these houses that are in the 70 Day Wait Period?

First – get on the wait list so we know you are interested.

In Ann Arbor U of M students are no more than 2 friends away from knowing someone on campus.  And you can introduce yourself to anyone you meet.  So many students go up to the house they are interested in, knock on the door and ask to see the house they might want to rent. Bring cookies or beer as a good will gesture.

This way you can find out about the house and ask the current residents what the landlord or management company is like before you call for an official appointment.

This is just the tradition around here and University Places is only telling you about that tradition.  We are not saying you should or should not do this.

We usually have mass showings in early November where several groups go through the houses during one time period.  Often one or more groups is very interested in renting the house they just saw and will let us know right then and there.  If you wait you may lose out. This is not false scarcity, as it happens all the time and some people get quite irritated.  If you want a house, please tell us right away.

We will tell you the policies during this time.  If you feel like you aren’t 100% capable of meeting the policies but really want the house and are committed you should say so. We are flexible to some degree.

You’ve Seen Your House and Now You Want to Rent It.  Now What?

2. Signing and Paperwork

Call or email us and tell us you want to sign a lease.  Make an appointment to sign the lease. Ideally we’d like everyone that plans to live in the house to sign at one time, but we know you are busy.  Make other arrangements for those that can’t be there.

If you are past the 70 wait period or the wait period does not apply then you will fill out an application form for each person that wants to sign the lease.  We have the form online so please fill this out before you sign the lease.

Read the lease and be prepared to sign the lease as a group.  Not everyone has to sign at the exact same time.  You can get all the signatures within a few days.

Bring the first month’s rent with you when you sign the lease, preferably in one check.

Notify your parents because they will have to sign the parent guarantor form for each person on the lease.  The parent form is online also.  If your parents have any questions have them contact us. We’ll be happy to answer all questions they have.

Putting a Deposit on a House in the 70 Day Waiting Period

University Places will take a Fully Refundable Deposit on a house and move you to the top of the waiting list.  If you change your mind because your group split up, got bigger or smaller or you found a house you like better you won’t lose your money. There is always someone else waiting to get that house.

After November 1st you have 24 hours to set a date to sign your lease.  If you do not set up the lease signing appointment your security deposit will be returned and the house will be offered to the public or the group with the next deposit.

What About The Wait List?

The wait list is a way for us to manage the people interested in particular houses.  To get a priority spot on the wait list please place a refundable deposit.  We will email the entire list when we know something new or if a house becomes available.

The wait list is available from about September 1 through November 1st of any year. After November 1st any remaining houses are available to rent and don’t need a waitlist spot, just call or email.

If you don’t hear back from us feel free to contact us again. It may be that a particular house was reserved with a deposit from a motivated group and is off the market.

1207 South State Street

Leased for 2015.

Great Location! Across the street from Yost Ice Arena, 3 blocks from Central Campus.


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Description

This is a great house for 10 people when rented as a whole house (rent both units). It’s so close to Central Campus you can walk to Ross Business School in a few minutes.

We are renovating this house.  The entire 3rd floor is new construction.  It’s got lots of light and windows and will have 2 new bedrooms, open living area, kitchen, laundry and bathroom.

Basement has 3 bedrooms, bath and laundry.

Unit 1 (1st floor and basement), 4 bedrooms, a large living room with fire place and flat screen TV, a large kitchen and 2 baths.  The first floor bedroom is huge with a fireplace and a large picture window.

Unit 2 (2nd & 3rd Floors), 6 bedrooms, 2 kitchen areas, laundry, 3 baths and a living room, A/C

There will be plenty of free parking spots (at least 6), free laundry in both units and we will furnish the house unless you want to bring your own furniture.

More About This House

There is A/C for both units and new high efficiency furnaces. A continuous hot water heater means you never run out of hot water.  This means lower utility bills and cool summers on the 3rd floor.

Costs to Rent 1207 S. State St.

Tenants Pay Utilities. Utility payments are based on usage. Your actual costs may be more or less than these costs. You can have the utilities (except water) billed on the budget plan which approximates these costs below.  These are the average costs per month, per person over a one year period.

Water $12
Electricity $21
Gas $22

Total $55 per person per month.  These numbers will change when the house is redone.  We do not expect an increase in utility costs unless your group takes 6 – 10 daily hour long showers.

Expected Utility Costs 2014 – (your bills will vary)

Gas & Electric – $35-40 per person per month based on 10 occupancy
Water $10-15 per month per person (unless you all take hour long showers every day)

Trash pick up included.

How to Rent & Move In to 1207 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI

Make an appointment to see the house and take a look at the floor plans and pictures on this page. If you have any question about the the plans for this house we’d be happy to answer them.   Past rehabs have resulted in nice living quarters and students happy with the finished results.

To reserve the house, call us.  Pay the first month’s rent when you sign the lease.  An application form is also required.  Parent co-sign forms are required.

  • When you move in you pay the security deposit of 1.5 times the rent. This is totally refundable provided the house is in the same condition as received when you move out.
  • Tenants pay utilities directly to the utility companies.
  • There is a $600 prep fee for each unit in the house.  This is mainly for deep cleaning. Tenants are responsible for leaving the house in broom swept condition upon departure.

 

Some Other House Features

There is an entry hall at the front of the house that serves apartments 1 & 2.  When you unlock the doors the entire house is available to use as a single unit.

Floor Plans

We are adding the new floor plans and some picture today.  Please check back soon. Note: revised plans coming soon.  2nd floor is 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. 3rd floor is 2 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, laundry.

Floor plans for 1207 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI basement, 1st floor, 2nd floor, 3rd floor

 

 

Pictures

We are adding more pictures every day.  Please check back soon or make an appointment to come over and see the place for yourself.

Right click and save to your computer here for a zip file of the house pictures.

 

Sublet Ann Arbor: Sublet Apartments: How To Sublet an Apartment

How to Sublet Your Apartment or Ann Arbor Student Rental House

Subletting your apartment or room in your rental house is OK with this landlord.  Check with your landlord to verify your situation or read you lease agreement.

Sublet Definitions

Sublettor: Current tenant wishing to sublet his house or apartment.
Sublessee: The temporary renter subletting from the sublettor.

Below are really good links to the UM Off Campus Housing Site:  Off-Campus Housing Service  Even if you don’t attend this University of Michigan, this is really good, common sense information you can use to sublet your apartment.

There are places to look for and advertise a sublet in Ann Arbor.  We are also providing a form you can use with your Sublessee.

THIS IS IMPORTANT!!

  • You are responsible for any damages your sublessee may incur, plus all the rent.
  • University-Places manager needs to have the name and contact information of your sublessee.  You can use these form below.
  • The agreement is between you and the Sublessee.
  • You should consider requesting a security deposit from your Sublessee.
  • You should provide the Right And Duties of a Tennant to your Sublessee.

Use These Links

UM Off Campus Housing Site:  Off-Campus Housing Service web page

scroll down to the bottom of the page for the subletting information and places to advertise and find Sublessee.

Guidelines for Subletting.pdf Document from University of Michigan

Sub-Lease Agreement

Sub-Leasing Document I found this on the web somewhere– at another college website.  I’m not claiming ownership. Use this sublet document between sublettor and sublessee.

Cost to Rent Our Houses

We’ve calculated the approximate cost per person to live in our houses, not including cable.

The cost includes:     rent, electricity, gas and water

based on last years utilities usage on the DTE budget payment plan.  Your cost will vary based on usage.

You can find this information on the page associated with each house.