F.A.Q. For Tenants

√ Question: Where is your office located?

Answer: Our office is located at 39500 Orchard Hill Place, Suite 100, Novi MI, 48375

√ Question: I filled out an application to rent a property and gave the landlord money to “hold” the property for me. Now I have found another place that I like better. Can I get my money back?

Answer: Probably not. Money you give to “hold” a property can generally be kept by the landlord. It is the price you pay to ensure that the property is not rented to someone else. Furthermore, if you have already agreed to rent a property for a specified term at a specified price, you may have created an oral lease; if so, the money may be considered a security deposit that may be retained by the landlord to compensate them for your failure to pay rent.

√ Question: Can I still get approved with bad credit? What Qualifications do you look for in applicants?

Answer: Because JMZ Management screens applications for many different property owners, There is no "one thing" that will make or break an application. It is very important to fill out your application as completely and honestly as possible. Credit is not the sole deciding factor. There is also important factors such as income, length of job history, and past landlord references just to name a few. Click Here for a list of general qualifications.

√ Question: Are pets allowed?

Answer: Certain pets may be accepted; however, the landlord may charge extra rent and/or a non-refundable pet fee in exchange for allowing you to keep a pet on the property. Some property owners do not allow pets under any circumstances and are cause for eviction if acquired after move-in. If you have pets, be sure you inquire about the pet policy for the property you are interested in.

√ Question: How long does it take for my application to get processed?

Answer: The application process generally will take 1 - 2 business days. This usually depends on the accuracy and completeness of the application we receive. Please make sure you fill out your application as completely and accurately as possible and provide us with any other documents required, such as pay stubs, identification, etc. to avoid any unnecessary delays.

√ Question: My landlord gave me a written lease but it does not include their earlier oral promise to replace worn carpet. Can I rely on his oral promise?

Answer: No. Do not rely on a prior oral agreement with the landlord. To make it “legal,” have it written into the lease and initialed by both of you.

√ Question: Does the landlord have to re-paint the property before I move in?

Answer: No. The landlord has no obligation to paint a unit each time it is rented.

√ Question: Is there an application fee?

Answer: Yes, there is a one time non-refundable $60.00 application fee. This is payable by cash, check, money order, debit card, and any major credit card. There is a service fee if you pay by credit or debit card.

√ Question: Can my landlord come into my property periodically just to check its condition?

Answer: Yes. Many leases give the landlord the right to enter the property to inspect it to see if the tenant is complying with his obligations, to make necessary repairs to place “for rent” or “for sale” signs on it, or to show it to prospective purchasers or tenants. Entry should be at reasonable time & with reasonable notice.

√ Question: Can the landlord raise the rent during the term of my lease?

Answer: No. Unless the lease states otherwise, you are guaranteed the agreed-upon monthly rent for the term of the lease. However, you also give the landlord your guarantee to pay the agreed-upon rent, on time, for that period.

√ Question: Can’t I always terminate my lease within 30 days’ notice to the landlord?

Answer: No. If your lease provides for a definite termination date, you are obligated for the entire lease term, even if you have a good reason for leaving, such as illness or job transfer. Only termination due to certain military transfers is excused. If you leave early, and the landlord is unable to re-rent your property, he may sue you for the unpaid rent & damages, and/or file a negative credit report against you. Unless a transfer clause is specifcally in the lease, you will be responsible for the remaining months in your contract.

√ Question: Does the landlord have to repair anything in my property that breaks down? What if I signed a lease accepting the unit “as is”?

Answer: The landlord is responsible for some repairs, and the tenant for others. Most leases require the tenant to pay the first $50 to $150 on any service call.