Asked in Real Estate Law for Michigan

Q: I purchased a piece of land in April. I have a quit claim deed. There were renters in the home and refuse to leave.

Do I have a legal right to inspect the home? Renters won't let me in.

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Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery
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A: Inspecting the home is the least of your problems. Hire a competent MI attorney to file a possessory action for either an Eviction, or possibly Ejectment. The SOL is running and you may have already lost the Title, or your Deed may have been void for Champerty. You need a title search yesterday, and try to find out the adult occupants' names if possible.

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

A: Dependent upon how you obtained title in the first place will determine how you remove the renters. Without more information my guess is an eviction proceeding would be proper (provided they're not living in the property under a lease). And on the other hand, if you provide reasonable notice of your intent to enter to inspect the home (as well as where to pay rent) and they refuse, you have another issue entirely.

Regardless, Mr. Avery is correct, find a Michigan attorney in your area to get a certain answer (but Champerty isn't something you should lose sleep over in Michigan).

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