Manistee, MI asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan

Q: Can I be evicted from hearsay? My neighbors have complained multiple times that I’m smoking marijuana in my apartment.

The landlord said if the complaints continue they will have to evict us. The accusations aren’t true.

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

A: Hearsay is an out-of-court statement made for the truth of the matter asserted. To evict you, your landlord does not need to prove you are smoking marijuana. The fact that neighbors are complaining enough - regardless of their truth - can be enough to cause an eviction.

What you may want to do is approach your landlord and offer for them to come see for themselves that you do not smoke. They then could have leverage to say your neighbors are making up stuff, and maybe they are the problem tenant.

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