Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan

Q: I'm being sued for eviction for not signing a lease that was not provided for me by management on purpose

I received a lease in April with someone else name on it I talked to the manager once instead of helping me she tried to argue I was this person on the lease I told her they took my i.d last year and gave me a lease in my name and she ended the conversation and told me she would call me back but never did I called and left several messages and got no reply so I wrote her a letter stating I have the wrong lease and if I could get a lease in my name I attached a copy of my i.d. to the letter still no reply. I feel like this was premeditated because I received a late fee bill in the same lady's name on the lease a month before I got the lease. I've lived here for over 5 years paying under a lease only and I was waiting to get a lease in my name so I continued to pay rent under the new lease for almost 6 months before received eviction notice. so I'm being charged for month to month when I ask for a lease how do I defend myself

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

A: This may be more simple than the actual facts determine but it seems that if the eviction notice is in someone else's name, and you are not that person, that's where I would start.

How do you pay the rent? Do you have proof of payment?

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