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                                                   (hereafter Landlord) rents                                                                        to                                                                                                       , and                                                                         (hereafter Tenants) and Tenants will pay reasonable rent for the premises.





1.             DESCRIPTION AND CONDITION.  Landlord rents to Tenants the dwelling located at                                                                                                           (the Premises), including            parking spaces.  The premises are/are not furnished.  All furnishings in furnished Premises are part of the Premises.  Tenants have received a move-in inventory checklist. The Premises are conclusively presumed to be in good condition at move-in, unless Tenants specify objections on that list and return a completed copy of it to Landlord within seven (7) days after receiving the list.  The move-in inventory checklist is not a request for repairs.


2.             TERM AND POSSESSION.  This  lease begins  on                                               and  runs  through                                    .  Possession will not be provided until the first month's rent, Security Deposit, and preparation fee are paid. If the Premises are not ready on the date this lease commences, the sole damage for which Landlord shall be liable to Tenants is the full abatement of Tenants' prorated rent from the date this lease commences to the date the Premises are ready for occupancy,  which date is at Landlord's exclusive determination.  If none of the Tenants takes possession on the day it is to be provided, and if Tenants have not given Landlord written notice that they will take possession on a later day, Landlord may presume conclusively that Tenants have abandoned the Premises and rerent them. 


3.             RENT.  Tenants shall pay Landlord total rent for the term of $_________________________. Rent shall be paid in equal monthly installments of $________________________, due on the first of each month, beginning with the second month (first month collected before move-in).  Landlord may require installments to be paid with certified funds or money orders and  in a single payment.  Rent is paid only when actually received by Landlord.


4.             PLACE OF PAYMENT AND NOTICES.  Notices to Tenants shall be delivered or sent to the Premises.  Payment of rent or other charge due from Tenants and notices to Landlord shall be delivered or  sent to                                                                                                                     .  Notices required by this lease or by law shall be in writing.  Notices that are mailed  (including security deposit notices) are deemed received by the other party  on the next regular day for delivery of mail after being stamped with sufficient postage and deposited in a United States mailbox.


5.             APPLICATION OF MONEY FROM TENANTS.  Money received by Landlord from Tenants or in their behalf shall be applied to Tenants' account as follows:  first to satisfy unpaid late fees, dishonored check fees, and to other fees owed by Tenants; second to maintenance and repair costs chargeable to Tenants; third to legal fees and court costs legally chargeable to Tenants, including costs incurred prior to curing a default; fourth to outstanding utility bills that are the responsibility of Tenants; fifth to deposits or portions thereof due from Tenants; sixth to rent. Restrictive endorsements on a check or statements in any communication, including those accompanying a payment, shall not constitute an accord and satisfaction or amend this provision. 


6.             DEFAULT AND REMEDIES.  Tenants' noncompliance with any covenant of this lease is a Default. If Tenants  default, Landlord may have all remedies legally permitted, including termination of this tenancy. Landlord, upon written notice to Tenants, also may cancel any renewal, lease extension, or lease for a future term that Landlord and Tenants have executed. Tenants shall reimburse Landlord for all legal fees, costs, and expenses legally recoverable in such actions and for all damages caused by their default, including costs of rerenting the Premises and all rent for the remainder of the term and succeeding terms that Landlord does not collect through mitigation. If other Premises owned or managed by Landlord are available for lease, it shall not be unreasonable for Landlord to lease them prior to Tenants' Premises. From the date of execution, time is of the essence of this lease.


7.             UTILITIES.  Tenants shall put utilities for the Premises into  their names, maintain uninterrupted service throughout the Term,  and timely  pay all  utility bills,  including                                 ,                         , and              . Tenants shall pay any penalties imposed by utility providers because of late payment of original bills.


 8.            LATE FEES AND DISHONORED CHECKS.  Tenants shall pay a late fee to Landlord of $____________ for rent that is            days late, and Tenants shall pay an additional late fee of $_________ for rent that is          days late or more.  Partial payment of a month's rent does not abate late fees. In addition to late fees, Tenants shall owe Landlord $_________________________ for any check to Landlord that is dishonored. 


9.             CHRONIC LATE PAYMENT OF RENT.  Rent is due on the first of each month, and notwithstanding Paragraph 8, Landlord may terminate this lease because Tenants are chronically late with rent payments.  Chronic late payment is defined as paying rent after the due date on three or more occasions during this lease.


 10.         SECURITY DEPOSIT.  Tenants shall pay a security deposit of $_________________________ before receiving possession. The deposit, or any portion of it that is returned, shall be returned in a check, payable to all Tenants, or may be returned  entirely to one Tenant if all other Tenants have so authorized Landlord in writing. Security Deposit Act communications shall be addressed to Landlord at the address in paragraph 4. Tenants may not elect to use the deposit for rent.


                The name and address of the financial institution where your deposit will be held is:  __________________________________________________________________




                The name and address of the surety company providing a bond for your deposit is: __________________________________________________________________




11.          NONREFUNDABLE PREPARATION FEE.  Tenants shall pay a nonrefundable Preparation Fee of $_________________________ before receiving possession.


12.          KEYS.  Landlord may retain a key to the Premises throughout the lease. Tenants shall not change the locks without Landlord's prior written consent, and Tenants shall immediately provide Landlord with a key to any new lock if the locks are changed. Landlord may charge Tenants a reasonable amount for replacing lost keys and for assisting Tenants in gaining entry to the Premises.


13.          ENTRY BY LANDLORD.  Landlord or its agents may enter the Premises in an emergency or to perform repairs, maintenance, code inspections, appraisals, insurance inspections, other purposes reasonably related to the operation of the building, and to show the Premises for sale or lease.  Except during an actual or apparent emergency, all entries shall be made during reasonable hours; and Landlord shall make reasonable efforts to inform Tenants of its intention to enter and shall attempt to establish a mutually acceptable time.






14.          MAINTENANCE.  Tenants shall use and maintain the Premises in accordance with applicable police, sanitary, and all other regulations imposed by governmental authorities. Tenants also shall maintain the Premises in a neat and orderly manner.  Tenants will observe all reasonable regulations and requirements of underwriters concerning use and condition of the Premises tending to reduce fire hazard and insurance rates.  Tenants shall pay for the repair of all damage to the Premises and structure of which they are a part, including fire and flood damage, caused by Tenants, their guests or invitees; they shall reimburse Landlord for all permit, inspection, and certification costs it incurs because of their noncompliance with this lease or applicable laws; and they shall reimburse Landlord for all damages resulting from not reporting the need for repair or maintenance in a reasonably timely manner. Nothing in this clause shall waive or lessen Landlord's obligation to maintain and repair the Premises under Michigan law, but Landlord is not liable for any loss that accrues to Tenants because of Landlord's actions in reasonably fulfilling its obligations hereunder.


15.          HOLD HARMLESS.  Tenants agree for themselves, their heirs, and personal representatives, to hold Landlord harmless  from all damages, loss, including lost rents, or liability that results from their negligent or illegal use of the Premises and from their intentional misuse  of them.


16.          INSURANCE.  Landlord and its agents are not responsible for theft of personal property of Tenants, their guests or invitees; or for damage, loss, or destruction of personal property of Tenants, their guests or invitees, from any cause, including acts or omissions of third parties, unless caused by Landlord's failure to perform or negligent performance of a duty imposed by law. TENANTS ARE SPECIFICALLY ENCOURAGED TO INSURE THEIR PERSONAL PROPERTY.


17.          ALTERATIONS. Alterations to the Premises without Landlord's prior written consent are prohibited.  Landlord is not liable to reimburse Tenants for any alteration, unless agreed in writing. Alterations are the property of Landlord. Upon lease expiration or earlier termination, however, Landlord may designate, in writing, alterations it wishes to have removed, and Tenants, at their expense, shall remove them promptly and repair any damage caused thereby.


18.          RETURN OF PREMISES.  Tenants  shall return the Premises at the expiration of the term (or earlier termination) in as good a condition as when received, reasonable wear and tear excepted.  Early surrender of the Premises, including surrender accepted in writing, shall not extinguish any of Tenants' obligations to perform under this lease, including payment of all rent reserved.


19.          AMENDMENT.  This lease may be amended in writing only, signed by all parties.


20.          CAPTIONS.  Paragraph captions  are  solely to assist with identification.  They are of no legal significance.


21.          WAIVER.  Failure  by Landlord to enforce a provision of this lease on one (1) or more occasions,  is not a continuing waiver of Landlord's right to enforce the provision.


22.          SEVERABILITY.   A court ruling that a clause of this lease is invalid or the parties' written agreement  that they no longer shall observe one or more lease provisions, shall not invalidate any other clauses of this lease.


23.          PETS.  No pets are allowed in the Premises at any time.


24.          SUCCESSORS BOUND.  The heirs, successors, assigns, and representatives of Landlord and Tenants shall be bound by the covenants of this lease.




25.          USE AND QUIET ENJOYMENT.  Tenants  shall comply with all applicable laws and ordinances; use the Premises for residential purposes only; and  refrain from all conduct that unreasonably disturbs each other, other Tenants or neighbors of the building.  No business of any sort shall be located in or conducted from the Premises.  Tenants shall be entitled to the quiet enjoyment of the Premises throughout this lease so long as  they comply with its covenants.


26.          JOINT AND SEVERAL LIABILITY.  When there is more than one Tenant on the lease, each tenant is jointly and severally liable for its full performance.


27.          UNTENANTABILITY.  If the Premises become wholly untenantable because of fire or other casualty, Landlord may cancel this lease by notifying Tenants in writing, and Tenants shall surrender the Premises to Landlord.  If for the same reasons the Premises become partially untenantable, or wholly untenantable without Landlord canceling the lease, Landlord shall repair the Premises with reasonable speed. From the date of the casualty, until repairs are substantially completed, Rent shall abate in the same percentage that the Premises are untenantable, unless the untenantability is caused by negligence or intentional misconduct of Tenants, their guests or invitees, in which case rent shall not abate. Landlord is not liable for failure to repair until Tenants have notified Landlord of the need for repair and a reasonable time to make the repair has passed thereafter. If 50% or more of the Premises are untenantable, the Premises are "wholly untenantable".


28.          ASSIGNMENT, SUBLETTING, AND OCCUPANCY. Tenants shall not assign this lease or sublet the Premises, or any part thereof, without prior written permission of Landlord, which shall not be denied unreasonably.  Only those listed herein as Tenants/occupants may occupy the Premises.  Landlord may evaluate proposed assignees and subtenants as it would evaluate prospective Tenants, including whether they are acceptable to remaining prime Tenants.


29.          ABANDONMENT.  If during this lease, Landlord believes in good faith that Tenants have abandoned the Premises and  current rent is unpaid, Landlord may re‑enter the Premises and remove the remaining possessions of Tenants without liability therefor. Abandonment is conclusively presumed if rent is unpaid for fifteen days following the due date and (1) a substantial portion of Tenants' possessions have been removed or (2) acquaintances of Tenants or other reliable sources indicate to Landlord that Tenants have left without  intending to re-occupy the Premises.  If Tenants abandon or surrender the Premises at anytime and leave personal property there, Landlord may dispose of it however Landlord chooses, and Tenants shall reimburse Landlord for all costs incurred in that regard. 


30.          HOLDING OVER.  Tenants shall vacate the Premises on or before the expiration date of the lease. If Tenants retain possession thereafter without Landlord's written permission, Landlord has thirty (30) days from the last day of the lease to sue Tenants for possession under section .5714 (1)(C)(2) of the Michigan Summary Proceedings Act (Holding over after  lease expires).  If suit is not begun within that time, the tenancy shall continue on a month to month basis from the date the lease expires, and all other covenants of the lease shall remain in full force and effect. Rent, however, shall increase by twenty percent (20%), beginning on the first day after lease expiration, regardless of whether suit is brought. Acceptance of money by Landlord from Tenants during the thirty (30) days following expiration of the lease does not waive Landlord's right to seek possession as described in this paragraph, and Tenants shall compensate Landlord for all damages caused by their unauthorized holdover.


31.          LIMITED CANCELLATION RIGHTS. A Tenant who has occupied the Premises for more than thirteen (13) months may terminate this lease upon sixty (60) days written notice to Landlord if: (i) Tenant has become eligible during the term to take possession of a subsidized rental unit in senior citizen housing and provides Landlord with written proof thereof; or (ii) Tenant has become incapable during the term of living independently, as certified by a physician in a notarized statement.  Election to cancel under this paragraph is limited to the Tenant to whom the foregoing applies, and the lease continues in full force and effect for remaining Tenants.


32.          ENTIRE AGREEMENT.  This lease is the Parties' entire agreement, and they enter it voluntarily.  There are no other agreements that are part of this lease unless specifically enumerated herein.  Tenants' application to lease is incorporated herein, and Tenants covenant that the information supplied in that application was and continues to be accurate.


33.          MEDIATION.  All parties to this lease agree that the University of Michigan Mediation Service will act as mediator in any dispute involving University of Michigan students that may arise between the parties and that:


                    a)         all parties will make a reasonable and good faith effort to settle such disputes through mediation;


                    b)        any party to this lease may request mediation;


                    c)         mediators may enter and inspect the Premises after notice to both parties and at reasonable times;


                    d)        this provision does not preclude other legal rights of the parties. 


34.  OTHER.








35.  DISCLOSURES.  This lease includes the attached disclosures.



                                                                                                                                                                                               Dated                                                                                                                                                                                      Landlord



Dated                                                                                                                                                                                     Tenant



Dated                                                                                                                                                                                     Tenant



Dated                                                                                                                                                                                     Tenant



Dated                                                                                                                                                                                     Tenant



Dated                                                                                                                                                                                     Tenant



                                                                                 (Revised September, 2001)

Last updated October 19, 2002.