Niles, MI asked in Small Claims for Michigan

Q: My mother law gave us her house after abandoning the house for 6 months and now she’s kicking us out

She was upset with us over another family memeber and now she kicking us out with no where to go. She had us give up our apartment and move in her home and make payments she said to 500$ Every month that’s what her and husband did and now that we missed two months she’s kicking us out

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Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow
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  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: I don't spot a question, but my comment is that you might find your answer in the Michigan Landlord Tenant Handbook produced (in-part) by the law school at Michigan State University. At a quick glance it sounds as though you formed the landlord-tenant relationship, you've failed to make payment two months in a row, and now your mother is beginning the process of eviction for nonpayment.

Brent T. Geers agrees with this answer

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

A: I agree with Mr. Zamzow; I'm not seeing facts that suggest ownership has transferred, making you a tenant. The fact that there appears to be some agreement on $500 per month further suggests a landlord-tenant arrangement. Without anything in writing, this would likely be construed by a court as a month-to-month tenancy; she would have a right to evict you at anytime upon presenting you 30 days' notice.

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