Q: Is there anything, in Michigan, a renter has to sign that states specifically that they’re off of a lease?
I’ve moved my furniture out of the place, returned my keys, and have started the process of returning my deposit. Is there a written agreement in Michigan specifically that is required?
A: A lease is a contract. Generally, the parties are bound by the provisions of a signed lease. Turning in the keys is a unilateral step only. Without the landlord's release, you would still be obligated on the contract.
A: As noted, this depends entirely on the lease.
Was it a lease for a defined term and that term has expired? There needs to be nothing more in writing, and if you've turned in the keys and moved out, that is that, so to speak.
If you are attempting to terminate EARLY, then yes, the landlord also needs to sign some sort of release
If you are ending a month to month lease that is at the discretion of either party, a unilateral notice is enough
If you are unsure what applies, you need to consult with a local landlord/tenant attorney to review YOUR situation and provide you actual legal advice.
-- This answer is offered for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney/client relationship.
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