It Is the responsibility of the resident:

  1. To keep the apartment clean and free from dirt, garbage, and trash.
  2. To share in the proper care, cleaning, and use of community facilities, including laundry rooms.
  3. To keep outside walks and balcony walks in front of the occupants apartment clean and clear of snow, ice, and clutter. Each Apartment Supervisor has a shovel you may borrow.
  4. To keep the stairs, hallways, porches and railings clear and clean of clutter.
  5. To keep the grounds and areas used in common clean and in a safe condition, free of clutter. Special attention is necessary at all times so as not to interfere with snow plowing and lawn mowing.
  6. Occupants shall not sweep out-of-doors or throw from windows: dirt, trash, garbage or waste. All trash and garbage must be disposed of either in the disposal or in the dumpsters provided in each apartment area.
  7. All rugs and dust mops must be shaken at the end of the building.
  8. A fire extinguisher is located in every apartment. The Apartment Supervisor will check the extinguisher every semester to be sure it does not need to be recharged. If you use the fire extinguisher or it needs to be recharged, contact your Apartment Supervisor.

A mop, bucket, buffer, and vacuum cleaner are available for use from the Apartment Supervisor.

The University acknowledges that many differences exist as to what is acceptable in the way of cleanliness and housekeeping. Also, it is not always possible to clean all apartments between occupancies and still meet requested rental dates. Many assigned residents will find it necessary to do some house cleaning chores upon arrival, in order to satisfy their own standards of cleanliness.

Care of Apartment, Furniture, and Equipment:

Occupants are responsible for the care of the apartment and of all furniture and equipment inside or attacked to the dwelling unit. Initial inspection of the apartment and its furnishings must be made within 7 days of occupancy. One copy of this "check-in" record shall be retained during occupancy and shall be the basis for determining damages, loss or cleaning charges assessed during or at the termination of residency. The other copies are returned to the Apartment Supervisor. Items for which damage charges usually are assessed:

  1. Cleaning and decorating beyond normal "wear and tear"
  2. Nail holes
  3. Scarred, broken, and weather-worn equipment and furniture
  4. Stained and torn upholstery, mattresses, etc.
  5. Burns of all types
  6. Excessive damage to walls, wood and metal surfaces, sink counter tops, etc.
  7. Cost of repairs or replacements resulting from accidental damage

Always consult the Apartment Supervisor before making holes of any kind in the walls. Walls of any kind, especially wallboard, are extremely susceptible to damage when removing picture hangers from walls. Resident must be willing to accept responsibility for damage resulting from nail holes or stickers. Do not use contact or wallpaper, paneling, etc.

All breakage, damage and the need for general maintenance and repairs must be reported to the Apartment Supervisor. Do not call Facilities Management directly, as they will refer you back to your Apartment Supervisor. The university shall make all such repairs and expense thereof shall be paid by the occupant to the university on demand, if damage is due to negligence or carelessness on the part of the occupant,

Occupants shall permit the university access to the leased premises for inspection within a reasonable time after written notice has been either given to one of the apartment occupants or placed in that apartment´s mailbox.

Occupants shall permit the university employees to enter their premises at all reasonable times to inspect, repair or replace property and equipment even though the resident is not home.

Asphalt Tile Floors

Use only water-soluble wax on your asphalt tile floors. Any other type of wax will damage the tile.

Garbage Disposal

Operating Procedure:

  1. Turn on the cold water and let it run directly into the unit
  2. Turn on the unit
  3. Feed food wastes into unit
  4. Let the unit and water continue to run for approximately one minute after all food wastes have passed through the machine. This will insure that you always will have a clean unit. Never put waste insoluble fats (grease, oil fats from cooking) down disposal, as this will plug the drain.
  5. IMPORTANT: When unit is not in use, put cover over the opening. This will insure that no foreign articles will be accidentally dropped into the machine.


Always contact the Apartment Supervisor if the pilot light is off on the furnace.


Do not turn the thermostat below 55 degrees or leave a window open above a water or heating pipe when leaving the apartment during cold weather. The Apartment Supervisor will replace furnace filters during the heating season. If the furnace filter is dirty or clogged contact your Apartment Supervisor.

Storm Door

Close the storm door securely when entering or leaving your apartment. Glass breakage and damage to hinges and frames will occur less frequently if the door is latched securely. If you consistently leave your door unlatched, you will be charged for the resulting damage.


If your refrigerator is not frost-free, it is necessary to defrost the refrigerator regularly. There should be no more than 1/4" frost build-up on the freezing unit. Leave the refrigerator thermostat at normal temperature when away or moving out. DO NOT TURN OFF. Regularly clean inside the refrigerator with warm water and baking soda - one tablespoon to one quart of water - rinse with clear water and wipe dry. Do not use any knife or sharp instruments when cleaning inside refrigerator. Do not store bags, paper, etc. behind refrigerator. The refrigerator can be moved out from the wall for cleaning. If the refrigerator is damaged by negligence during cleaning, charges will be assessed.


To prevent overall soil, frequent vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust and grime is recommended. For spot cleaning, use pure solvents (petroleum distillate water-based products. Energime, Carbona, Renuzit, or similar products). CAUTION: Use of water-based or detergent-based solvent cleaners will cause excessive shrinkage. Water stains may become permanent. For overall sofa cleaning, speak with the Apartment Supervisor.


Never wash a stove while it is hot. Wiping hot porcelain enamel with a damp cloth may cause cracking or crazing of the enamel. Use mild soap or cleanser on porcelain enamel. Wipe off immediately with a dry cloth, any spattered fat or spilled acid food such as sour milk, vinegar, lemon juice, etc. Such acids may remove gloss and top finish (stoves are acid resistant, not acid proof). If gas burner openings become clogged, clean with a stiff brush or use a small wire to open the ports. Removable aluminum parts may be boiled in a solution of: 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 quart of water. This treatment brightens the metal. When general cleaning is necessary, burner or burner heads should be removed, cleaned, dried in oven and replaced. If the drip pans under the burners are covered with foil before they are used, future cleaning is made easier. (Foil must conform exactly to drip pan; leave hole in center). After using and when oven is cool, clean immediately with soap and water to prevent burning of spilled or splattered foods when oven is used again. If spattered food gets burned on, place a disk of ammonia in oven and allow it to stand overnight. To remove spillovers, carefully scrape excess material loose from bottom of oven; then soak spot about one hour using a cloth saturated with ammonia. The broiler pan should be taken from the compartment and cleaned immediately after the food is removed. For easy cleaning sprinkle with soap or detergent, add water or damp cloth and let soak until ready to wash. Clean broiler compartment in the same manner as oven.

Washing Machine

To start the washer, pull out on the control knob. To stop the washer before the end of the cycle, push in on the control knob, or lift the lid - your washer will not operate with the lid open. If the washer should stop before the end of the cycle, wait a few moments to see if it starts again because it will pause normally for one minute between agitation and spin periods. If the washer does not start within this time, the articles in the wash basket may have become unevenly distributed. If this should occur, lift lid, rearrange the clothes evenly in the wash basket - do not pack. Use measured amount of any laundry detergent. Replace lint filter after adding detergent; do not put soap in the filters as they become clogged easily. After each day´s use, remove lint filter from top of agitator by lifting dispenser cup container and remove lint from screen. While using the washer, observe the following precautions for personal safety: after raising the lid, and before reaching in, BE SURE THE WASH BASKET HAS STOPPED SPINNING COMPLETELY.

TO AVOID POSSIBILITY OF EXPLOSION, any material on which you have used a cleaning solvent, or which is saturated with flammable liquids should not be placed in the washer until all traces of the flammable materials and their fumes have been removed. There are many highly flammable items used in homes; spot removers, turpentine, waxes, and wax removers.


Make sure the heat is not too great or drying time too long for the type of fabric being dried. Check the dryer to make sure it is completely empty before using. Do not overload the dryer. Remove clothes promptly after they have finished drying. Clean lint filter trap after every use. Do not place anything in the dryer that has been cleaned in a flammable product or is made of materials that will easily ignite.

Air Conditioners

Portable window air conditioners are prohibited in the University Apartments.

These units are prohibited for the following reasons:

  1. Air conditioners are heavy energy users.
  2. Widespread use overloads electrical circuits.
  3. Requires dismantling or altering window openings.
  4. Michigan´s hot weather is usually short lived.

The University Apartments Office may grant exceptions when there are verifiable and substantial reasons of medical necessity. Residents who are approved to use air conditioners will be charged for installation, electrical usage and removal of the unit. Building Maintenance personnel will be responsible for installing and removing all approved air conditioners in University Apartments. Once approved, the resident should speak with the Building Maintenance Worker prior to purchasing a unit.