The Michigan Daily-Saturday, April 3, 1982-Page 3
Leases can be broken
for legitimate reasons
By GRETCHEN WRIGHT
It happens every year about this
time, local housing authorities say.
When spring comes, many students are
ready for a short vacation from school-
and from their rent. Desperate to avoid
paying for an apartment they won't be
living in and unable to find a subtenant,
many students hit upon the idea of sim-
ply breaking their 12-month leases.
But it isn't quite that simple, warns
Stanley Pollack of the University's
Student Legal Services. Although there
are legal and justifiable reasons for
getting out of a lease, he said, failure to
find a subtenant is not one of them.
MOST OF the reasons for getting out
of a lease are related to the terms of the
lease itself and the laws of the state, ac-
cording to Pollack. Given proper cause,
students can have their leases ter-
minated or even receive compensation
for breaches of contract.
The most common grounds students
use to break their leases involves
failure of their landlords to adequately
maintain their dwellings, according to
Jo Williams, director of the Univer-
sity's Off-Campus Housing Office.
Williams said landlords have to keep up
their property as specified in the lease,
and abide by state and local health and
According to Pollack, if either the
lease or building codes are violated,
tenants can legally withhold rent
payments. If the landlord then files
suit, Pollack said, students should con-
tact Student Legal Services.
VALID REASONS for refusing to pay
rent include blatant code violations-
such as infestations of bugs or water
damage-or cases in which tenants are
forced to move out on the advice of a
city inspector because of such
In cases settled out of court, students
have considerable negotiating power
with the landlord, according to Pollack.
"When it comes to negotiating a lease,
there are no bounds to the
possibilities," he said. Provided the
students have strong enough legal
claims, they can reasonably request
lease termination, compensation for
damages, or rent reduction.
Pollack also suggested that students
should check the legality of their leases.
If a lease contains illegal clauses, it is
void and neither the tenant nor the lan-
dlord has to fulfill its terms.
Pollack said when students have con-
tractual problems they should first talk
to their landlords. He said if a landlord
refuses to cooperate, the student should
go to Legal Services, for mediation.
If, after withholding rent, a student
receives notice that the landlord has
filed suit, Legal Services should be con-
tacted immediately, Pollack said.
Ignoring the suit, he warned, can cause
the student to lose by default.
I r. t
Registration at 8 a.m. today for the tenth annual Michigan Women's
Studies Conference program. Keynote speaker Zillah Eisenstein will discuss
"Feminism, the Family, and The New Right," at 9 a.m. The rest of the day
will be devoted to three sessions for 16 workshops, panel discussions and
scholarly papers. The conference is being held in the Rackham School of
CG-Animal House, 7 & 9 p.m., Lorch.
Alt. Act.-One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 7 & 9:20 p.m., Nat. Sci.
Med. - Body Heat, 7 & 9:15 p.m., MLB 3.
C2-Arthur, 7 & 9 p.m., Angell Hall, Aud. A.
AAFC - Swept Away, 7 & 9 p.m., MLB 4.
Major Events - Toots & the Maytals, 8p.m., Hill Aud.
Ark - Gemini, 9 p.m., 1421 Hill St.
School of Music-Clarinet recital, Bruce Langguth, MM, 2 p.m., Recital
Hall; Bassoon/Percussion recital, Kim Zelenka/bassoon, Patricia
Fisher/percussion, 2 p.m., Stearns; Flute recital, Devorah Scott, MM, 4
p.m., Recital Hall; Voice recital, Mary Creswell, MM, mezzo soprano, 6
p.m., Recital Hall; Contemporary Directions Ensemble, Carl St. Clair/con-
ductor, John McCollum/tenor, Timothy Meyer/string bass, 8 p.m.,
Rackham; Piano recital, Elizabeth Manus, BM, 8p.m., Recital Hall.
Theatre & Drama - "Getting Out," 8 p.m., Trueblood Theatre.
UAC-MUSKET - "Jesus ChristSuperstar," 8p.m., Power Center.
UAC - Impact Dance, 8p.m.,Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.
UAC - Pint-sized Productions, Susan Zeder's play, "Wiley & the Hairy
Man,"1 & 4p.m., Kuenzel Rm., Union.
The Blind Pig - John Mooney, The Blind Pig.
East Side Players -6 Rms Riv Vu, 8p.m., Willow Run High School Aud.
Univ. Mime Troupe - Debut performance of "Portraits of Artists," 8
p.m., Michigan Theatre.
Roadside Attractions - Buffo, featuring Howard Buten, 2 p.m., Attic
Theatre, 525 E. Lafayette, Detroit.
Office of Ethics and Religion, Program on Studies in Religion, and Center
for Near Eastern and North African Studies - Hamid Algar, Thomas
Quigley, Mauricio Gaborit, James Kritzeck, Daniel Levine, Umar Abd-
Allah, and Richard Mitchell, "Religion and Revolution: Latin America and
the Muslim World," 10a.m. -5p.m., MLB 4.
Theosophical Society - "Easter - The Myth of Man's Regeneration," 3
p.m., Carriage House, 1017 Washtenaw.
Spartacus Youth League - Martha Greenberg and Frank Hicks,
"Facism: What It Is and How to Fight It," 7:30 p.m., Henderson Rm.,
Ann Arbor Go Club -1-7 p.m., 1443 Mason Hall.
Michigan Conference of American Association of University Professors -
Hoyt Conference Center, Eastern Michigan University.
Wildlife Society - North Central Section Student Wildlife Conclave, Lake
of the Ozarks State Park, Missouri.
Alternative Careers Fair Committee - "Working for a Change," speakers
and workshops, Schorling Aud., Education School.
Alternative - "Workshops on law, organizing technology and social ser-
vices," 9:30 a.m. -5 p.m., East Quad.
Rackham School of Graduate Studies, LSA - Third annual Midwest
Graduate Student Conference on Comparative Literature, 8 a.m., 2nd floor
Concourse, Michigan League.
WCBN-FM 88.3 - Patchwork: A folk music radio show of Irish, British,
and American music hosted by Adam Price and Jeanne Gseehlat, 11 a.m. -1
Graduate Christian Fellowship - Potluck, 6 p.m., 3035 Foxcroft.
Career Planning & Placement - "Panicking Seniors: Job Hunting,"
workshop on resume writing, interviewing, and job finding, 9 a.m. - noon,
Extension Service - "Women in the Family and the World: Conflict
and/or Integration Between Public and Private Spheres;" 8a.m., Rackham.
Armenian Students Cultural Assoc. - Hye Hop, 8 p.m., Knights of Colum-
bus Hall, 1915 Jackson Rd.
WAAM-Radio 16 - Michigan Baseball at Miami of Ohio, 12:45 p.m.
Michigan Antiques Show and Sale - Sixty-seven exhibitors specializing in
18th and 19th century furniture and accessories will be on hand, all day,
Washtenaw County unit of the American Cancer Society- Daffodil
Days, fresh cut daffodils will be sold at locations throughout the county to
raise monies for research and local educational and service programs.
War Tax Protestors Silent Vigil No. 5 - Briarwood Mall: sidewalk at north
side of Sears, 2-3 p.m.
Tau Beta Pi :Trivia contest, noon, West Engineering.
Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission - Co-ed
recreational volleyball tournament, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., for further info, contact
Ann Clark at 973-2575.
Da~nce All Night - First annual Ann Arbor Dawn Dance, 8 p.m. - 7 p.m.,
Doily Photo by MIKE LUCAS
University senior Rich Hartwell washes his 650 Yamaha motorcycle in anticipation of the good riding weather ahead.
DETROIT (AP) - The concessions
contract proposal between the United
Auto Workers union and General
Motors Corp. has suffered its first
defeat, as workers at a Fisher Body
plant voted "no" by a 20 ballot margin,
Tay Sachs screening
at Hillel tomorrow
officials said yesterday.
Members of Local 488 in Kalamazoo
narrowly rejected the pact Thursday by
a vote of 1,059 to 1,039, a spokeswoman
HOWEVER, workers at an Anderson,
Ind., Guide Division plant approved the
pact Thursday by an almost 2-1 margin,
voting 1,168 to 642, officials at Local 663
A third GM local, in Detroit, voted
Sunday 127-to-9 in favor of the tentative
accord, so the unofficial tally stands at
2,334 to 1,710, or 57.7 percent to 42.3 per-
cent, for ratification of the new
UAW officials say the union will not
provide official results until all voting is
completed, probably by next weekend:
THE TENTATIVE pact asks GM's
320,000 auto workers to give up annual
wage boosts and paid personal holidays
while deferring three cost-of-living
allowance increases" over 30 months.
In return, GM has promised to keep
open four plants earlier slated for
closure - including the Detroit facility
where voting was held Sunday. GM
also would commit itself to a two-year
moratorium on plant closings related to
the subcontracting of work to non-union
and overseas facilities, give workers a
profit-sharing plan and guarantee in-
come to laid-off workers with 10 or
more years' seniority.
The financial secretary at the
Kalamazoo plant blamed the rejection
of the tentative contract at his facility
on the guaranteed income provisions.
which "neglected those workers with
less than 10 years' seniority."
A reduced-rate screening for carriers
of Tay Sachs disease will be held
tomorrow at B'nai B'rith Hillel Foun-
dation at 1429 Hill Street.
Tay Sachs is an inherited disorder
caused by the absence of a vital enzyme
The disease results in the destruction of
the nervous system and is always fatal.
To date, no cure or treatment has been
TAY SACHS carriers do not actually
have the disease, although they can
transmit the disease to their children.
In order for a child to have the disease,
both parents must be carriers. If both
parents are carriers, there is a 75 per-
cent probability that their child will have
Although there are both Jewish and
non-Jewish carriers of the recessive
Tay Sachs disease gene, 85 percent of
its victims are Jewish. Most carriers
are of East European descent.
Among some groups of Jews, as
many as one person in 15 is a carrier of
the disease; about one person in 300 is a
carrier in the non-Jewish population.
Because of donations, the cost for
students will be $5 to $10. The cost to
non-studens will be $15. The actual
laboratory cost of running the blood test
required for the screening is $40.
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Unemployment reaches 9%
tr- innri rnmPnP 1 )- _ -
(Continued tromr agei
the president and the Federal Reserve
Board must act now - with the Congress
- to reduce the interest rates. We need a
major correction in the economic
plan," said Sen. Donald Riegle, D-
Commissioner Janet Norwood of the
bureau of Labor Stattistics said the
unemployment level can be expected to
go higher because job improvement
A March 31 Daily article ("Another
U-Cellar chief calls it quits") inac-
curately stated that the University
Cellar lost more than $175,000 last year.
The Cellar actually had a profit of
$105,000 last year, a loss of $72,000 in
1979-80, and a loss of $86,000 in 1978-79.
lags behind an economic turnaround.
MEANWHILE A special government
"hard-times" list carries the names of
1,151 counties and cities suffering high
unemployment, giving employers
preference for bidding on federal con-
tracts. Six new areas, ranging from a
small Mississippi county near the Ten-
nessee and Alabama borders, to a rural
community in northern Connecticut,
were added this week by the Labor
Now, more than one in four of the
4,100 eligible localities are on the list.
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Special prices on calculators.
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