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The Michigan Daily reports that Mayor Hieftje has begun thinking about how to create a city ordinance that would prevent lease-signing too early in the school year, reducing pressure on students to find housing and sign (or renew) leases before properly considering their next year’s needs.
The rush to find off-campus housing will be dramatically different next fall if Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje succeeds in passing a city ordinance that would restrict landlords from leasing apartments and houses until after the fall semester is over.
The article mentions experience with a similar ordinance in Madison, WI, which had the unintended consequence of causing all students to try to find housing during the Fall semester exam period and had to be revised. It’s also unclear how an ordinance like Madison’s, which blocked out showing of apartments and lease-signing during the first 1/3 of the current lease, would affect leases with terms other than one year, such as the four or eight month contracts offered by Ann Arbor’s student co-ops, or leases that don’t start at the beginning of the school year, which, despite the significant influence of the University on Ann Arbor’s rental housing market, do exist.
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