Ann Arbor, MI asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan

Q: Can my landlord legally cut my (outside) Internet cable?

I pay for my own Internet. Cable and jack were present when I moved in. Landlord is forcing residents to use landlord-chosen ISP. New service will quadruple my bill. I asked landlord HOW my Internet service would be “discontinued” - and I was told that the cable will be cut outside my apartment. I have paid my rent and all utility bills. I do not believe this is the landlord’s way of trying to get rid of me. I think kickback is the issue.

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: I believe your landlord can do so. You may be in what's called a "multi-dwelling unit", and ISPs and cable companies can compete for exclusive service to those. Once service is secured, they become the exclusive provider of services to that dwelling.

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