Types of Residential Leases
A brief overview of the different tenancies: fixed-term, periodic tenancy, tenancy at will, tenancy at sufferance.
Estimating Utility Costs
If you’re planning your monthly budget for utilities, this is a helpful guide to figuring out what to expect when you’re renting.
Avoiding Buyer’s Remorse and Rental Regret
If you do not have legal justification to break your list, there are other options. You can help the situation a lot by providing as much notice as possible and writing a sincere letter to your landlord explaining why you need to leave early. Ideally, you can offer your landlord a qualified replacement tenant, someone with good credit and excellent references, to sign a new lease with your landlord.
Adding People to Stay
Using the online Cribspot dashboard to add housemates to the lease, and authorized users to pay rent.
A general pet addendum for property owner's to reduce the risks associated with pet-friendly rentals.
How to Find the Best Roommates in College
College is hard enough, but when you add a roommate search to the mix, the task becomes ten times more daunting. While there are more and more solid roommate search sites cropping up, we recommend asking friends or mutual friends through Facebook groups.
Testing Smoke Detectors
A brief article describing the importance of regularly testing smoke detectors, distinguishing between hardwired and battery-powered smoke detectors, how to test your smoke detector.
Real Estate Investing
Net Operating Income
Understand what net operating income is (NOI) and how to calculate it for your real estate investment.
Pet Policy in Lease Agreement
Whether you plan on allowing tenants to allow pets, it is imperative that you have a clear pet policy in the lease agreement. The most efficient way is to add a pet addendum to the lease that includes any restrictions and general guidelines that protect the property and mitigates risk.
What Do I Need To Know About Service Animals?
When writing the pet addendum to your lease agreement, it is important to consider that you may encounter a tenant with a service animal. Landlords are required by law to allow service animals into their rental properties without charging an additional pet fee. If you deny someone an apartment because of a service animal, or don't let them live with their service animal, there could be consequences. Here are a few things landlords should be aware of regarding service animals when writing their pet addendums.
We explain why security deposits are used, how to prevent any unnecessary deductions, and the legal timeline your landlord has to follow in regards to remitting your deposit.
We define prorated rent, how it can play into the rental process, and how it is handled at Cribspot.
Safely Resetting a GFCI Outlet
This article outlines a few of the reasons why a GFCI outlet may trip, how the outlet works, and how to reset the outlet if it trips.
This post details Cribspot's pet policy and outlines what you should know if pets are allowed on a property.
How to Write and Mail a Check
Cribspot's content team explains how to properly complete and address a check in the United States.
Early Move-In Policy
This post details Cribspot's strict early-move policy and provides information on what you need to know about your move-in date before you sign your lease agreement.
How to Make Online Payments
Cribspot gives you the ability to make one-time or recurring payments online through your own rental dashboard. This short guide will show you how to get started.
University of Michigan Off-Campus Housing and Sublet Guide
When it comes to living off campus in Ann Arbor, it might get a little hectic considering the short timeline for finding housing. By taking an early approach to the search for housing near the University of Michigan, you could save some cash and snag the perfect place.
12 Movie Characters Who Definitely Aren't Getting Their Security Deposits Back
These 12 movie characters may have enjoyed their 90 minutes of fame living in unique off-campus homes, but the realities of that wild-west lifestyle eventually catch up when they're faced with the loss of their security deposits.
Tips for a Better Housing Experience, Part I
Is college housing your first experience in the rental market? Cribspot's got 5 tips student renters should know before setting out on the apartment hunt.
Michigan State University Monthly Fraternity Spotlight: Delta Chi
Fraternity, Michigan State University, College, Cribspot, Delta Chi, College Housing
Beyond the Inflatables
Pat and Bob Materka have developed the Ann Arbor Bed and Breakfast into an Ann Arbor landmark, using a unique combination of inflatable animals, lots of milk and eggs, and a rare personal touch. We took a look inside to learn more about the iconic building and the people behind it.