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Q: Can my landlord evict me due to her negligence? My whole family suffered from CO2. Now she is trying to evict us

My landlords house is not even a listed legal rental in Manistee County, MI. She charged us late fees during the covid-19 pandemic. My family and I suffered from. CO2 OF 14.8 on January 3rd, 2021. We had to call city police, fire department and get a heating and cooling professional in here. Building inspector came in and cited the landlord for multiple violations. I told my landlord that I would not be paying her rent (money in escrow) till all violations in the home were fixed. We have a lawsuit started shortly after the exposure. She never had us renew our lease. Now she has sent us a notice to quit. Due to her filing that motion, can she legally evict us? Even with a lawsuit pending? Wouldn't that be landlord retaliation? Building inspector has not even pushed the issue with the landlord. What can I do?

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

A: If your lease is up, it sounds like the landlord may have a right to evict you under a 30-day notice to quit. It doesn't sound like she's evicting you due to lack of rent, which arguably could be challenged as retaliatory.

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