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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... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jun 28, 2022

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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Q: Landlord turned gas off

I was subleasing but not on lease ex roommate decided to shut gas off on me and take my keys now I can't access basement to get my gas on and my kids are at risk of getting tooken because she called cps as a way to self evict what can I do about this

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jun 20, 2022

You are at risk for CPS action because you don't have stable housing (e.g. name on a lease). Does the landlord know you are subletting? If so, you should talk with them. If they don't know and had not approved, then your issue is with your ex roommate, but going after her will not help... Read more »

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Q: Does my apartment complex have to give me my security deposit back?

I am in Michigan and my old apartment complex never sent me an itemized list of damages or what they were using my security deposit for and its been over a month. I took a video of me dropping off the letter in their drop box with my forwarding address on it which i gave them the exact day I moved... Read more »

Michael Zamzow
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Michael Zamzow
answered on Jun 22, 2022

There is a particular timeline that must be followed in Michigan regarding security deposits on both the landlord and tenant side. If that timeline hasn't been followed, then you might have a cause of action to file and recover it.

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Q: Do I own the improvements that my tenant has made to a backyard space without my permission?

This is suppose to be shared space with another tenant. Tenant who did improvements is essentially staking his claim to the yard. He added furniture, a fire pit, plants, pavers, mulch, etc. Do these belong to me? How do I handle this in regards to other tenant's rights?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jun 13, 2022

This is an opportunity to make decisions affecting how you will manage this property going forward. It starts with a well-drafted lease. Unless you formally evict this tenant of course, the tenant has the right to quite enjoyment of the property. So "own" is not the right word in the... Read more »

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Q: I have someone renting a room in my house. Only verbal agreement, he's only paid 1 time, late, lost job, I need him gone

Upon moving in he is to buy is own food. He keeps eating my food, smokes weed in my house, I asked him not to. I've asked him to mow the lawn, he won't. He's a messy person won't clean up. I work from home, I'm too stressed to do my job efficiently

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jun 10, 2022

With or without a lease, you have a tenant. And the only legal way to get a tenant out is through eviction proceedings, which without specific circumstances, will require a 30-day notice period.

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Q: Landlord says sign new lease in 7 days or be evicted and also has last months rent.
Michael Zamzow
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Michael Zamzow
answered on May 27, 2022

Well it sort of depends on where you are in the tenancy and what the landlord means that you will be evicted.

Hypothetically, if your lease expired or your otherwise you're under a month-to-month tenancy and imagine that on Monday the 23rd the landlord told you to sign or you're...
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Q: Is it legal for apartment management to tell a tenant they would only respond by email?

When a tenant request copies of paperwork in their file, is it legal for them to refuse to give the tenant a paper copy?

Michael Zamzow
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Michael Zamzow
answered on May 24, 2022

Like Mr. Geers says, probably not illegal, but also likely unreasonable.

I could imagine a discrimination based complaint where a practice like this is discriminatory against persons who don't have ready access to a device that connects to the internet. But, there would need to be a...
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Q: My upstairs neighbor stomps on my ceiling every time I play music during the day Is that harassment?

It's been going on for about a year but has gotten really bad recently. If I play music on a portable speaker, in my apartment, between 12pm-7pm, they stomp heavily on my ceiling. I turn down before sundown. It's not even very loud though. I can converse at a normal level right next to... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 10, 2022

A Michigan attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. At this point, you could consider reaching out to a landlord-tenant attorney to advise of your options. They should have insight into the issues you raise, along with what remedies may be available to you. Good... Read more »

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Q: Can my landlord charge me $50 a day for late fees on my rent?

I got behind a few months on my rent and finally told her that I'm just gonna have to move. I can't afford the place any longer. Now she wants me to pay the 3 months back rent plus an additional $50 a day late fees. The late fee totals are $4500. I understand the back rent and even a few... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 11, 2022

I would suggest moving as soon as you can. If she tries to evict you, I doubt a judge is going to impose that much in late fees as at first blush it seems excessive. But there is a lesson in this: read closely what you sign.

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Q: If someone moves into your house(with you occupying it) after asking to live there and not receiving an answer

In any way did she receive an answer from either of us. And had been kicked out a total of 4 times after being told each time after the original “move in” had happened that she could not live here. Had never helped pay for anything at all including the phone that was prior to her so called move... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 9, 2022

You're in a quasi-legal jam. I'm not sure how someone moves in four times uninvited; you may have a tenancy issue and find that you need to formally evict this person. She could file a claim and delivery action for her stuff. Will she do that, who knows. Likewise, I'm not sure how... Read more »

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Q: I’ve been living in a home my ex boyfriend owns. We broke up so he quid quo pro lock out, turn off utilities and stalks

Seeking ppo in a.m. what are my rights? Without a lease agreement?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Apr 19, 2022

You do have rights: tenant rights, with or without a lease. He could serve you with a 30 day notice to quit. But what you've described he's done sounds like constructive eviction. You should seek a knowledgeable attorney in your area to figure out your rights and remedies.

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Q: What can i do if my former apartment forwards a false debt to a collection company?

My former apartment claimed that we did not give notice before moving out, and forwarded a $1700 debt to a collections agency, though we did give notice. Aside from the fact that we did give notice (we got the form from the management office), it says NOTHING about a charge for not giving notice in... Read more »

Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander
answered on Apr 13, 2022

I suggest you first send a certified letter, both to the apartment and to the debt collector. The letter should clearly deny the alleged debt and explain in detail why you don't owe the debt. Importantly, the letter should also request how they calculated the $1,700 and what clause in the... Read more »

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Q: Can I trespass someone from someone else's property with their permission?

For example, an uncle of mine owns a home near me in Michigan, but now lives in Kentucky. He allows his brother to stay in the house as long as he follows set rules. One of them is that he can't have his homeless friends hang over and stay the night. With him in Kentucky, it's hard to... Read more »

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Apr 8, 2022

Your uncle could appoint you as his agent, giving you authority to act on his behalf. This does not necessarily need to be in writing, but under some circumstances, you might want to have it in writing. I don't know what it means to "trespass the undesirables from his property", so... Read more »

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Q: Can my landlord give me less than 30 day notice when increasing my rent and adding on new fees(trash,water and gas)?

Utilities/trash were never apart of the agreement either.

Michael Zamzow
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Michael Zamzow
answered on Apr 8, 2022

Probably not. Most tenants are under a lease or month-to-month terms, in those cases, a landlord can generally only raise rent or change the terms to begin follow the expiration of the lease, or with at least a month before the next rent payment is due.

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Q: How much can a landlord legally raise your rent in Michigan for apartment renters?

I have an open complaint on the apartment complex with the city of Wixom Building and code enforcement department against Town & Country Apartments.

There is an infestation of roaches in the buildings, the grounds are filthy, littered with garbage. Dumpsters are constantly overflowing... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Apr 2, 2022

There is no standard. A landlord is free to raise rents so long as the increase does not violate lease provisions or fair housing laws.

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Q: Can a landlord ask for more than 30 days when cancelling a month to month lease?

I just got a renewal contract from my landlord saying that he needs 60 days instead of 30 for terminating the lease. What happens if I can’t notify in 60 days? He only gave me a 30 day notice to renew the lease.

Michael Zamzow
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Michael Zamzow
answered on Mar 14, 2022

Generally the parties can agree to whatever they want. If you cannot provide 60 days notice, you would probably be on the hook for the extra time.

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Q: Can a landlord put in their lease that they are not responsible for damage caused by natural disaster

I was presented with a new lease for my residence. It is in a mobile home park. I own the mobile home, but rent/lease the land that it sits on. The new lease states that the owner/park can not be held responsible for natural disasters, such as if a tree falls on my vehicle or home.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Mar 10, 2022

That would be a pretty standard provision, which is why even if you rent, it's important to have your own renter's insurance policy.

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Q: Do i have to serve my ex fiancé an eviction notice to get him to move his things out of my house?

we live in Michigan and the house is in my name and the only bill in his is the trash and he is telling me i have to serve him an eviction notice for him to remove his things from my house even though hes been living somewhere else for over 2 weeks now

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Mar 8, 2022

Although he's being stubborn - daring you to do this, he is right, and in fact it's in your best interest to do it this way.

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Q: New owner claims 30 days notice for rent increase isn’t required, since I only had an oral monthly agreement.

After my 12 month lease i went to a verbal monthly agreement with my previous landlord. Someone bought the place and is trying to give me 7 days notice for a rent increase and wants a lease signed then as well. He thinks since I only had an oral agreement with the old owner he doesn’t need to... Read more »

Michael Zamzow
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Michael Zamzow
answered on Mar 14, 2022

There is something called the Michigan landlord tenant handbook that is free through the State or Michigan State University, and it will have your answer in there as well as some other helpful information.

But, your instinct is correct, 7 days notice is not sufficient in a month-to-month tenancy.

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Q: in Michigan, own a retail business. Strong winds blew open my door and damaged it and landlord won't repair. Is he righ

Winds blew it open, broke the top seal and bent the metal bar. He claims in the lease the exterior walls and roof, and structural maintenance, repair and replacement of the building and its foundation and that it doesn't include the door.

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Feb 24, 2022

It probably depends upon the wording of the lease. The leases that I prepare for a particular landlord typically provide that the door, which generally requires more maintenance than the non-moving parts of the building, is the tenant's responsibility.

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