Battle Creek, MI asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan

Q: Could the lessor be in breach of contract?

I moved into my apartment in November 2018. As of September 2019, not one item from my move-in checklist has been addressed. I have a ceiling fan that is inoperable due to the fact that it is not securely attached to the ceiling. I have a non-functional bathroom exhaust fan, which was inspected by myself and is covered with nasty brown fuzz. And I have made several complaints of cockroaches in common areas of the apartment. There are other things that have gone unaddressed as well but mostly cosmetic. I have personally E-mailed the “Management “ with absolutely no response for two months now. What are my options?

1 Lawyer Answer
Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Howell, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: What would you like to do?

You may be able to withhold rent and/or fix things and subtract it from your lease if the repairs are ‘necessary’ to make the place habitable but only if you follow the appropriate procedures to do so.

A better option would be to walk away and rent somewhere else. But that too needs to be done appropriately.

Your first step should be to contact a local landlord tenant attorney for actual advice.

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