Ann Arbor Area Community News
Resurrecting a topic that was mentioned here in March, the Ann Arbor News reports that Mayor Hieftje has asked city staff to consider an ordinance to limit how early lease renewals are allowed. The new rules would address concerns that renters (particularly students) are pressured into signing lease extensions too early in existing lease, forcing hasty housing decisions.
Both the News article and previous discussion on this site note that the “pressure” put on tenants to renew early is not necessarily directly generated by landlords, but is in part a function of early lease-seekers (and willingness by landlords to cater to those potential tenants) threatening to sign housing out from under the current tenants. Unintended consequences have also been discussed, such as time limits on lease signing setting up stampede conditions on the day that leases become available.
Edit, 9 Aug, 9:30am: Added text of Madison’s lease renewal ordinance to the site library, thanks to Marc R.
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