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					KRESGE COLLEGE APARTMENT LIVING AGREEMENT 2008 -2009

Date: _______ Apartment: ________          Community Assistant/Facilitator: _________________

Resident Names:

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An Apartment Living Agreement (ALA) creates a framework for residents of an apartment to work
and live together. Agreements within this signed document will provide a reference for issues
regarding cleaning schedules, noise, guests, food and supply sharing, and other domestic
requirements of residents of the Kresge Community.

It is important to note that although this document attempts to be comprehensive regarding all the
issues of residential living, it will be necessary for most residents to negotiate with each other any
future issues not covered by the ALA. With the assistance of your Community Assistant, each
apartment will be required to complete their ALA in a timely manner. Any changes to residents in
an apartment require that the ALA be revisited, reevaluated and re-signed by each of the
residents.

If an individual resident feels that the ALA needs to be readdressed, residents within that
apartment will be required to meet again to discuss outstanding issues. The rights of the individual
resident to live in a reasonably quiet and academically conducive environment supersede the
wishes of residents wishing to create noise or other disturbances.

Residents who do not agree to a scheduled meeting time to discuss the ALA may be required to
meet with a CRE. By not attending an ALA meeting or not being available to complete one, a
resident is breaking their Housing contract and may have their housing revoked.

7 steps to completing your ALA
1. Your apartment will receive an ALA meeting scheduler from your CA. All residents should
   mark their availability accordingly and return it to their CA as soon as possible. Apartments
   that do not effiectively make time for this important meeting will be forced to meet with their
   CRE or other professional staff to complete their ALA.
2. Before the meeting, all residents are encouraged to note their important issues in the
   apartment. The ALA is a great opportunity to discuss small issues before they get to be large
   and complicated ones. Talk now, and save time later.
3. All residents will receive a Review Copy of the ALA to read along during the meeting. Please
   do not write on this copy as it will likely be used at other meetings.
4. During the ALA process, make sure that everyone is being heard. There should not be a
   single person or group of individuals who control this meeting. Everyone should feel free to
   express his or her opinions.
5. Based on the effective ideas of hundreds of other Kresge Apartments, there are highlighted
   “recommended ideas” for some sections of the ALA. They are shaded and marked with a ✰
   icon.
6. Make sure that all sections are addressed and that each resident signs the ALA. The CA will
   review it and then turn it into the Residential Life Office. They will return your copy to you
   within 1 – 3 days.
7. Revisit ALAs as people move in or move out of the apartment. Or if residents wish to amend
   items in the ALA. Any small changes can be made to the ALA and then initialed by each
   resident.


What is cleaning and when do you need to clean?
        If you or your guests make a mess (in the kitchen, bathroom or other common area), you
are responsible for cleaning up that mess. Cleaning is considered a reasonable attempt to remove
debris, dirt and grease from a surface. Residents should expect to spend at least 60 minutes each
week cleaning common areas in the apartment (kitchen, bathroom, hallways, living rooms), not
including their individual rooms. Residents who do not clean regularly will be considered in
violation of their housing contract and may face judicial sanctions or cancellation.


Dishes & Other things spending time in the kitchen sink (Pots, pans, utensils):
        Probably the biggest issue in most households is dishes. Specifically, whose they are, who dirtied
them, and when will they be cleaned up. Residents should start talking about a set of guidelines that
outline how long dishes can be placed in a sink without being cleaned and how the cleaning of commonly
used dishes will be delegated equally.

     Dishes to be cleaned daily by those responsible for using them by:
CIRCLE ONE
     8 pm           9 pm          10 pm✰        11 pm           Midnight          Other ____________

Additional Agreements regarding dishes & other things spending time in the kitchen sink:




Food & Supply Sharing:
       Residents will decide whether to share or not share food staples, silverware, plates, pots & pans,
appliances, and other supplies (toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning agents).

CIRCLE ONE
Option 1: Residents agree to purchase all food staples and supplies separately.

Option 2: Residents agree to purchase only certain food staples and supplies together. All others will be
purchased separately. Residents agree to create a equitable system to reimburse each other. (supply jar,
apartment kitty, group purchase envelope).

Items to be purchased together: LIST HERE:
Alcohol & other Substances:
       Residents over 21 are reminded that they cannot have alcohol in the presence of minors. If alcohol
is permitted, residents should be respectful of other substance-free residents. Smoking of any kind is not
permitted in the apartments.




Smells & Scents:
       Residents have expressed concerns with overly strong personal hygiene and cleaning products. If
a resident is sensitive to particular products, please note here.




Noise:
       Residents will agree to follow the quiet hours policy. After 10 pm on Sunday through Thursdays
and after midnight on Friday and Saturday Nights. In addition, they will make decisions on how to regulate
other noise (alarm clocks, telephones, televisions, stereos and frequent guests) in this section. Within our
apartment we all agree to be generally quiet beginning at:

Weekdays (Sunday – Thursday):         10 pm          11 pm✰         Midnight        Other: __________
Weekends (Friday, Saturday):          11 pm          Midnight✰      1 am            Other: __________

Other Noise Agreements (alarm clocks, telephones, televisions, stereos and frequent guests):




Guests:
         Residents agree to follow the college guest policy. It is understood that residents are responsible
for getting permission from housemates BEFORE an overnight guest arrives. This includes friends,
parents, siblings, and other family. In the event that permission is not obtained beforehand, the resident
agrees to discuss the issue when appropriate. Issues like sexual relations in common areas, including
showers and in living rooms, should be discussed before a guest arrives.




Cleaning Arrangements:
       It is highly recommended that each apartment rotate chores on a weekly basis. When a chore
week ends and begins is up to the apartment, but it is recommended that it occurs either at the beginning
or ending of a weekend as many residents will want to go home for a weekend. For fairness sake, it is
important that when a quarter ends, all chores should be completed. Frequent guests are strongly
encouraged to assist in weekly chores. Because chores are rotated, any discrepancies between unequal
jobs should even out through the course of a school year.
Chores are to be completed each week by:

Friday at 4 pm        Sunday by 8 pm ✰ Monday by Noon              Other: _____________________

Recommended Weekly Chore Groups for each apartment type: CIRCLE ONE

4 or less residents                  5 or 6 residents                      7 or 8 residents
1) Kitchen                           1) Kitchen (Sinks, Counters,          1) Kitchen (Sinks, Counters,
2) Bathroom(s)                       Refrigerator)                         Refrigerator)
3) Common Areas, Floors, &           2) Kitchen (Floors, Appliances,       2) Kitchen (Floors, Appliances,
Walkways                             Stove)                                Stove)
4) Regular Recycling, Garbage &      3) Bathroom (Sinks, showers,          3) Bathroom (Sinks, showers,
Compost                              counters)                             counters)
                                     4) Common Areas, Floors, &            4) Bathroom (Toilets, floors)
                                     Walkways                              5) Clean Living Room
                                     5) Frequent Recycling, Garbage        6) Common Area Floors, &
                                     & Compost                             Outdoor Walkways
                                                                           7) Daily Recycling, Garbage &
                                                                           Compost

List your chore groups for your apartment here:




Regularly scheduled “spring cleaning”
On a regular basis, residents should get together and break up equally additional chores such as cleaning
out refrigerators, cleaning windows, thoroughly cleaning ovens, stovetops, bathrooms, and other things
not always covered by weekly chores.

Monthly (First _______ of the Month) ✰ / Quarterly (After Midterms) / End of Quarter

Cleaning Schedules:
       Residents agree to physically create and maintain a schedule. They will also revise the schedule
as necessary. Supplies for creating a “chore-wheel” or grid are available from your CA.

Individuals in residence agreeing to create a chore-wheel or chore grid: _____________
_______________

Chorewheel to be completed by this date ____________________.

Household meetings
        Residents agree that regularly scheduled household meetings should be a part of their weekly
schedule. This meeting can take as little as 10 minutes and does not require any formal guidelines. It is
only for the residents to go over key issues while everyone is in the room. Although it is not mandatory,
apartments that hold meetings are more likely to have problems taken care of before they become
a crisis.

✰ Residents agree to attempt to meet on this day and time: _____________________________
Security
      Residents will discuss how they want to secure their apartment and bedrooms.
Please describe when and how you want both your external and internal doors secured.




Communications when Issues Arise:
       Please place a check mark next to the residents agree to communicate when issues arise. Phone
numbers/emails should be listed below on this page. The Student Life Office strongly recommends that
residents communicate in a respectful and civil manner at all times when discussing domestic issues
 Phone Message                       Email Message                         Whiteboard Messages
 Bulletin Board                      Notes on Door                         Clipboard
 House Meeting                       Notes on Refrigerator
 Other: ___________________________________________________________
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Other:
        If there are any other issues that residents wish to discuss and agree upon in their apartment, they
should use this section. There may also wish to attach a separate piece of paper for any addendums.
This might include smaller, yet important issues, that don’t fall under the above category, including
placement of common area art, taking shoes off, placement of plants, placement of furniture, use
of apartment windows, heating levels during winter, use of limited storage space in apartments
(refrigerators, closets, etc.) , shower and bathroom use by residents and guests, when to do
regular “spring cleanings” to take care of messes that don’t get cleaned up weekly, and other
needed agreements.
We, the undersigned, do hereby agree to abide by the following terms and conditions of the
Apartment Living Agreement. This Agreement was established by the undersigned, by signature
and initial signature, in order to achieve harmony and a comfortable living situation for us all. We
understand there may have been compromises made in order to achieve fairness and unity.
These compromises were made in the best interests of all residents living in this apartment. We
also agree to follow the rules and regulations of the University and the policies set forth in our
Housing Contracts. Our agreement is as follows:

NAME: _____________                NAME: _____________                NAME: _____________

EMAIL: _____________               EMAIL: _____________               EMAIL: _____________

PHONE: ____________                PHONE: ____________                PHONE: ____________


_____________________              _____________________              _____________________
SIGNATURE                          SIGNATURE                          SIGNATURE



NAME: _____________                NAME: _____________                NAME: _____________

EMAIL: _____________               EMAIL: _____________               EMAIL: _____________

PHONE: ____________                PHONE: ____________                PHONE: ____________


_____________________              _____________________              _____________________
SIGNATURE                          SIGNATURE                          SIGNATURE




NAME: _____________                NAME: _____________                NAME: _____________

EMAIL: _____________               EMAIL: _____________               EMAIL: _____________

PHONE: ____________                PHONE: ____________                PHONE: ____________


_____________________              _____________________              _____________________
SIGNATURE                          SIGNATURE                          SIGNATURE



NAME: _____________                NAME: _____________                NAME: _____________

EMAIL: _____________               EMAIL: _____________               EMAIL: _____________

PHONE: ____________                PHONE: ____________                PHONE: ____________


_____________________              _____________________              _____________________
SIGNATURE                          SIGNATURE                          SIGNATURE

				
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