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April 01, 2008
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EMU regents approve 2008-09 rental rates for apartments

YPSILANTI — The Eastern Michigan Board of Regents approved maintaining apartment rental rates at their current FY08 levels, with the flexibility of offering discounts and incentives, at its regular meeting April 1.

The Board also approved a new apartment summer storage program, which will enable current lessees to store furnishings and belongings during the spring and summer terms at no charge as long as they have signed a contract for Fall 2008.

Retaining the 2007-08 apartment rental rates will allow University Housing to remain competitive with the surrounding market; retain current residents and attract new students to campus housing. Discounts and incentives will depend on apartment availability and prevailing offers in the local market.

The request was presented two months earlier than the residence hall rate proposal to allow time to attract current students to rent on-campus apartments. It also will allow students to secure housing and sign leases prior to leaving campus for spring and summer terms.

These strategies will help increase the budgeted-for occupancy rate to 75 percent, and increase overall apartment revenue by approximately $200,000.

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