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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: I'm trying to get a lease from my landlord and she refuses to answer back to giving me a copy I've had several issues

With my house and she refuses to have them fixed she's constantly driving to and passed my house then texting or rolling her window down and hollering out but will not answer me she has already put her hands on me and grabbed me by the arm what can I do

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Nov 21, 2022

Do you already have a lease signed, and you're just wanting a copy? What you can do depends on what you're willing to do. I think you can find a better place and a better landlord who will treat you professionally.

0 Answers | Asked in Foreclosure, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: What can I do with the previous owners property left behind in a summer cottage that I bought via foreclosure auction?

Purchased the summer cottage through state of Michigan tax foreclosure auction in September 2022. Neighbors have not seen anyone at cottage in 5+ years. Electric company said meter was removed in 2018. Old furniture, appliances and outdoor grills remain inside. Auction states that personal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: This is about defamation of character. Where I reside they stated that I owed almost $6000 in back rent 275.00 late fees

I have documents of the above and a email from there office “everything is up to date”. Their make false accusations in writing too the court me an eviction notice on my apartment door.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Nov 1, 2022

This isn't defamation of character. Best thing you can do is respond to the allegations in court.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: Can a friend who i have been living with and paying rent stop me from recovering the bodies of my pets from a home fire

Trying to find my dog who was trapped in a burning house so I can bury him along with a cat and another dog and I am being told not to come on property or will be arrested for trespassing by a friend i was living with. Also I am not responsible for the house fire the home owner caused the fire that... Read more »

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

I'm unsure you have a right to go on that property. And depending on what's going on, it could be a secured scene for criminal or insurance purposes, so you definitely would not want to enter uninvited.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: If you live in apartment building in Michigan, that you feel is uninhabitable, does your landlord have to provide you wi

His insurance company’s name?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Oct 22, 2022

No. Your landlord's insurance company is obligated to the landlord; for a tenant to contact or make a claim on a landlord's insurance would be like calling your neighbor's auto insurance carrier to report them speeding.

A landlord does have a legal obligation to provide an...
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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: I live in a market rate cooperative and own my townhouse. I was recently granted a PPO on an employee of the cooperative

That I was dating for the last 5 years. I alerted the BOD and management of the PPO and they haven’t responded, just saying that they have received copy of PPO. When I asked if he was working because I wanted to drop by the office they told me it was employee confidentiality and taunted me. I... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Oct 22, 2022

Your former boyfriend is responsible for adhering to the terms of the PPO; not the employer, who has no more obligation to you than to him. It is unreasonable to expect an employer or cooperative to manage what is a personal legal issue between you two.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: Is it legal for my landlord to wait months without informing me that I’m late on rent, then try to evict me?

Had I been notified I would have paid. I’ve been a tenant here for 4 years and there has never been a month that I was late and wasn’t notified until this year. I reside in Michigan.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Oct 22, 2022

Good question! You may have a defense of waiver. You should seek the assistance of a local attorney quickly.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: Can a mobile home owner offer sheds to buyers, but not renters? If I want one, I have to pay for the concrete and shed.

The park is paying to put in concrete and sheds for people buying their home, with a small fee added to their lot rent. But if I, a renter, want a shed, I have to pay for the concrete, and the shed. And the shed has to be approved by them. This just seems backwards to me. As I would have to pay for... Read more »

Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
answered on Oct 10, 2022

The park can do what it wants with ITS land. And if that means something you don't understand that is still OK.

I can see how the park might think "someone renting is likely to skip out in the middle and leave us a mess to clean up, but a purchaser is in it for the long run so...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: Can a township bill you for a tenant's past-due utility bills in their name?

I had a tenant on a land contract purchase agreement that put the utilities in his name including the sewer bill. He could not make payments and violated the land contract with illegal drug activity so he was kicked out by the court of Menominee County, MI. He had left a sewer bill of $661.29 and... Read more »

Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
answered on Oct 5, 2022

Municipality owned/operated utilities for water and/or sewer CAN under state law, add unpaid bills into the property taxes. This doesn't sound 'unusual' to me.

What DOES matter is your misuse of the word 'tenant' which makes me think you didn't get legal advice...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: I received a eviction notice 8/28/22 with a notice to quit attach from 04/22/22 which I never received with mcl554.134

The notice to quit was in April I've been paying my rent and they even mailed a renewal for my lease in July which I turned in is it possible it's just a miscommunication I'm confused

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Aug 29, 2022

It's possible the landlord routinely sends notice to quit near the end of the lease term so that if you don't want to renew, then there is no issue with forcing you out when your lease ends.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: I need help with an eviction case. I believe it’s a retaliatory eviction. Along with a violation of the fair housing act

I am also disabled and I have been discriminated against by my landlord. He has put my children and me in a very bad situation by not repairing water and electrical issues. I need to find a pro bono attorney because I am waiting on my wage loss along with my lawsuit to settle. Please if someone... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Aug 23, 2022

You should contact your county's legal aid office. If you've been served and have a court date, the court will probably already have someone from legal aid ready to assist you for the subsequent hearing.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: Mailing a filing of summons and complaint for an eviction for my parents’ house (DPOA for both-they are in GA, I'm IN)

1. There are 2 defendants (unmarried). Am I able to put both names on the one complaint and summons? how many copies of each “packet” (including summons, complain, notice of quit, no lease because there isn’t one) do you need to send for each

2. Do I need to send the original green... Read more »

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

I would suggest that for your costs and time, it would be most cost effective for you to hire a local attorney to conduct the eviction. The onus is on you as the landlord to meet each procedural and administrative step; a misstep - even unintentional - could delay, or in worst case, cause the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: I'm being harassed and threatened with death by my neighbor I've continuously text my manager and she's done nothing
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Aug 15, 2022

Sounds like you need to look into getting a PPO and / or contact the police.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: Uncle bought my house 18 years ago promising it would be mine. I have paid everything. Now wants to sell, what can i do?

I paid all of the mortgage, taxes, repairs etc. we have no signed contract.

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Michael Zamzow
answered on Aug 4, 2022

You're outlining a case that comes with a strong headwind. I am hesitant to say it is definitely barred until more information is divulged. While on the one hand it is certainly true the statute of frauds will inevitably be a defense raise by your uncle, it is not a straightforward case:... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Consumer Law and Insurance Bad Faith for Michigan on
Q: My storage was broken into, I filed a claim & made a police report. My claim was denied.

The thieves broke off both my locks and put their own locks on so I couldn't get into my storage. The storage company siding with the insurance company which I pay insurance on my storage monthly. My claim was denied.

Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
answered on Jul 25, 2022

What exactly is your question?

I can’t imagine a storage company ‘siding with’ anyone. Had you paid your storage bill? The scenario is unclear.

If you didn’t pay your bill they COUKD have auctioned off you’d stuff for back rent and Re rented the unit to someone else who...
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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: I received a notice that my landlord was increasing the rent on my apartment by almost 9%. I can't afford this.

The notice was found outside my apartment door on my mat. Today is 7/15/2022, and the rent is scheduled to increase on 9/01/2022. It says that if I don't agree to the increase my lease will be terminated. Can i fight this increase?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jul 15, 2022

What does your lease say about rent increases? If proper notice is given - which, a month and a half is likely reasonable - you may be stuck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
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... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jul 12, 2022

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
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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