DeWitt, MI asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan

Q: Do I have the right as a renter to see a copy of a written complaint from another tenant sent to management?

I am a smoker and I smoke outside on my first-floor patio. Recently I got an email from management that there was a written complaint against me smoking there. There is nothing in the lease about the apartment complex being non-smoking. I wrote back to management that I want a copy of the complaint (with all identifying material blacked out) for my records. So far there has been no reply after a week. Do I have the right to go through something like the freedom of information to get a copy of the complaint?

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

A: No. FOIA is for public / government entities. If they were to initiate an eviction based on the complaint, I think you'd have an ability to discover that information then, but I don't think the management has any obligation to give you a copy now.

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