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Q: Can an assisted living facility hold my mom responsible for a full month rent when she passed away on September 7, 2021?

My mom signed a form and there is a statement on the form regarding refund policy. You would not get a refund for the month you are in if the tenant died (or was taken out). She died on 9/7/21 of Covid she contracted in the home. Technically, it is not a refund because we did not pay as of yet.... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Sep 24, 2021

Best way to find out is to contact them. If your mother has no assets, I don't see how the home plans to collect anyway.

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Q: Is this legal for a landlord to require of tenants? How can the cable company let them take over your account?

I live in an apartment complex in Michigan. They have struck a deal with our local cable provider saying they if you live here you have to agree when you sign the lease to a separate charge to have cable and internet at a pre-defined rate (not able to exclude cable or internet it has to be a... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Aug 26, 2021

This is quite common, actually. Your landlord agreed for that cable company to be the exclusive provider of internet and TV service for that complex. In exchange, the cable company offers a package. Tenants have the option to either accept, or go without. Is it fair? That's debatable; but it... Read more »

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Q: If no signed lease agreement in dundee Michigan . Can I evict them with 30 days notice or sooner with no lease
Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Aug 20, 2021

Not sooner than 30 days (notice before the end of the pay period), unless certain rules apply. And there might be some reasons you cannot evict them with 30 days notice before the end of the pay period.

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Q: signed my lease 14 days ago the landlord is now saying I have 7 days to vacate I've paid my deposit and first month's re

I was an employee for this property company who rented the apartment to me was in fired have since found another job but they are still trying to evict me

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Aug 20, 2021

You'll probably need to contact an attorney, run a conflict check to make sure they don't represent the landlord first. With out more information it's not possible for me to say definitively one way or the other.

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Q: landlord is telling us move to another more expensive property of ours or be evicted.

according to yelp reviews he overcharges for repairs and takes all your deposit upwards of 3000 dollars to repair things like 1 or 2 small holes and carpets cleaned.... its due to small Nosie complaints that happened because i have trouble with noise due to my autisim.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jul 27, 2021

Do you have a lease? When that is up, then they could ask you to either leave or offer you a different place. You may want to consult with a disability advocacy service.

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Q: Can my landlord give me 24 hours to remove my items after a flood in my apartment?

The people above me had some pipes busted in there apartment which ran dow to my apartment and the apartment below me. My landlord bought a condo from a condo community, she did not contact her insurance until 5 days later all of my things was destroyed, I did not have insurance my landlord told me... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jul 27, 2021

What is your question? Your landlord may be right: generally, landlords are not responsible for tenants' personal belongings. Their insurance usually only covers the physical buildings. That is why it is so important for renters to get renter's insurance. For a small monthly fee, a call... Read more »

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Q: I need help with my case. I’m being evicted from my home because there’s past due rent unpaid

I moved out from the trailer my mom and I were leasing because she was being mentally abusive towards me. She tried to get me fired from my job, I couldn’t use toilet paper, towels after a shower, laundry soap, she put a lock box on our thermostat, these are all things that led up to me moving... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jul 27, 2021

Are you over 18? Is both you and your mom on the lease? Is the actual owner of the trailer evicting you or is it your mom? Ultimately, it's likely to be just about the money owed as far as the court is concerned. If you are over 18, your mom has no obligation to provide you shelter; you are... Read more »

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Q: Hi im from Michigan i live in a duoplex. I accidently looked into the person downstairs window. Am i a peeping tom?

She yelled at me i have autisim and a bit confused i didnt even know she was in there i was looking that way because my dog was over there. Im very confused and scared. I dont fully understand what i did. Oh btw the side of the house is shared between us and her. My sister got upset and called the... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jul 23, 2021

I think the police are right (this time). Stay away from her and give it some time for cooler heads to prevail.

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Q: my landlord claims that a year and a half ago he never received rent is there anything I can do about this as I sent it?

I sent check out in mail I have the stubs but he never cashed so know real proof that he received. He never gave me eviction notice or contacted me that it was not received at that time

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jul 23, 2021

Are you still residing there? What does he want? If you are still residing there, perhaps it would be best for you to give him another check. I think it would be fair if the check is for an amount minus the fee your bank may charge you to stop payment on the previous check. You don't want him... Read more »

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Q: If I got evicted on the 22nd what time on that date would I have to be out of there by
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jul 19, 2021

If the court gave you till the 22nd, I would try to be gone that day. The next day, the landlord can ask for a writ of eviction, which could be served on you that next day. It's better to leave somewhat on your time frame instead of having someone show up the next day telling you you have 30... Read more »

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Q: I live In Westland Mi. Can I use my security deposit to pay my last month's rent when I am moving out?
David Soble
David Soble answered on Jul 9, 2021

Generally not. Most lease provisions will prohibit using security deposits for the last month's rent. Security deposits are used to offset any damages or other fees owed to the landlord upon the expiration of the lease. However, if you and your landlord agree otherwise, then you should do so.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Probate for Michigan on
Q: Tenant died, had year lease, 9 mo remaining, the case is in probate, is estate liable for remaining rent?
Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi answered on Jul 5, 2021

The short answer is 'probably not' You have an obligation to mitigate damages or in some cases the lease is voidable upon death.

Seek local legal counsel to get specifics after reviewing the lease document, and CERTAINLY you have an obligation to mitigate damages so get the place...
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Q: Can my landlord put my belongings out. Can his new tenant move in if I haven’t left yet

My lease is up today. I can move until Saturday due to the storage facility flooding due to heavy rain. My landlords new tenant showed up last night stating that she had keys and was moving in on the first regardless if I’m still there or not.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jun 30, 2021

No. Michigan does not allow "self-help" evictions. Unless you are already subject to an eviction order, then your landlord cannot just throw your stuff out or allow someone else to move in.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Contracts, Civil Rights and Communications Law for Michigan on
Q: My landlord came to mobile home the other day, to set up a rent payment plan.(As the owner does not want to be a part

Of the Gov.Cera plan, or MSHDA. He proceeded to tell me how he doesn't think I have a disability, I should go back to work

He's in pain everyday and he works, He doesn't feel as tho anyone should be on disability.Any insight, Because I'm really

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jun 26, 2021

Are you already renting under MSHDA or some other program? Your landlord does not get to decide if you are disabled or whether you qualify under any program.

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Q: We live in michigan and we hung a non smoking sign on a tree in our yard now the manager says we have to take it down

We are in a trailer rental and our daughter's are allergic to cigarette smoke and we keep finding cigarette butts in our yard from the people who the park employs

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jun 9, 2021

The property may have a prohibition on signs. And unless there is some other general restriction on smoking outdoors, I don't see how the manager can enforce anything. The employees certainly shouldn't be throwing their butts in your yard however; the manager can and should do something about that.

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Q: Can the personal items, 2 junk autos & a motorcycle be legally disposed of six months after occupant leaves.

former roommate bought a house and moved six months. Items were left behind that I cannot get him to move to his house. Hes avoiding me.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jun 9, 2021

For vehicles, why not have the police tag them as abandoned and impounded? They will take it from there.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: I have a money judgement in Michigan. Can I have SOS suspend license for nonpayment?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 28, 2021

No. But have you tried filing for a debtor's exam with the court? If debtor doesn't show up, you can ask the court for a bench warrant. If they do show up, they must produce information regarding their assets under oath.

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Q: If me and grandma bought a home and me and her name is on the deed she died can I evict her tented s

She was not married at the time we bought the house now she has died so I have to slip it with her husband if he not on it

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on May 27, 2021

The deed will determine quite a bit, and if that doesn't produce the result you'd prefer, a will or trust will determine the remainder.

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: I have a question about conflict of interest.

Can my former landlord (Who is taking my business, Adorn Kids, to court right now) retain legal services from the same lawyer who represented my husband in court during his divorce proceedings not long ago? My husband is a 50% stakeholder at Adorn kids. In addition to this, My husband and I had... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 26, 2021

You may have a point here, but it sounds like it is an issue the judge may need to weigh in on through a motion you file. If you have not already, you need to seek advice from an attorney familiar with civil procedure and rules of professional conduct.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Government Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: I recieve services through macomb county mi hud housing. In mid april, my landlord gave me a 30 day notice. He was expec

I recieve services through macomb county mi hud housing. In mid april, my landlord gave me a 30 day notice. He was expecting me to be moved by mid may, however, since hud had paid through the end of may, he said i could stay till may 31st. On may 20th my landlord and i signed a mutual... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 24, 2021

Unless other facts exist, I don't see why the May 20th agreement would not be binding. By accepting you as a tenant with HUD services, your landlord is obligated to follow their protocol.

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