Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan

Q: Im 3 months behind on rent,no written lease. Landlord kicked my back door down, now he came in and changed the locks.

Landlord has not sent me any type of notice to quit or anything at all. He changed the locks tonight at 6pm and said he wanted me and my stuff out by TONIGHT. Or he "won't be nice anymore"... He keeps bringing up that we have no written lease, so he thinks he can threaten me and harass me. I'm trying to get into subsidized housing and out of here. I even called the police and they said because I don't have a written lease it's a civil matter and they can't do anything.. I'm scared and I don't know what to do. I've lived here since December, and paid rent up until March. I acknowledge that I owe rent. I feel like I have no rights and I'm going to be homeless tonight because he said I have to be out. Not even a full days notice, he told me this in the evening. I'm just scared and tired.

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

A: You need to get to your local courthouse quickly. There is a concept called constructive eviction, and self-help evictions are prohibited in Michigan.

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