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Q: Can a Township building inspector require more stringent building codes that exceeds the state's building codes?

Building a pole building as a residential secondary building for personal storage. Typical 50 x 54 building with vertical beams spaced 8' on center. Inspector won't issue building permit unless beams are 6' on center. Also, inspector won't accept 18" preformed concrete... Read more »

David Soble
David Soble answered on Dec 18, 2020

The building code sets forth the minimum standard for construction. There must be something in the engineering report that causes their concern. A stamped report from structural engineer should be enough.

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Q: Residential insurance paid contractor for restoration (1995), new mold smell, water stains, too late for a case?

Lightning caused residential fire, home not restored to previous state (only evident now after removing small bit of drywall to investigate mold smell). Thinner insulation replaced, side of house lets small light into space (revealed after removing drywall) where boards do not come together (can... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Apr 14, 2020

I would say your claim is unlikely to succeed.

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Q: Can I sue in small claims a contractor for leaving live electrical wires in a shower?

In having some repairs done we knew needed to be done, we have uncovered issues that are really of great concern. The contractor left live wires dangling in the wall, left live electrical in the shower in two different places one was bare wires, not even capped. He did not water proof the backboard... Read more »

Trent Harris
Trent Harris answered on Dec 19, 2018

Get an estimate from a reputable contractor for what needs to be done, and what it will cost to repair the shoddy work. You need that to prove your damages caused by the first contractor. Then you can sue.

As always, you get what you pay for. Be sure to talk to a qualified attorney about...
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Q: Does a customer hold any liability if his or her home is broke into and the contractors tools are stolen?

A home was broke into and a large amount of tools and equipment have been ripped off. The customer claims he does not have insurance on the property. The liability insurance policy of the person who had his tools ripped off will not cover it. They have basically said it's on the homeowner... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Nov 12, 2018

You've just witnessed what makes these sort of situations complicated: every insurance company is going to say someone or someone else's insurance is responsible. That said, I think a case can be made that the homeowner's insurance should be responsible.

So what happens if...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Construction Law and Contracts for Michigan on
Q: Agent told us that he had "guys" who could do work for cheap, if we bought the home for a certain price, which was a lie

We were mislead about the house's issues, and the cost to fix them. We now have spend more than twice what we were expecting, and we're nowhere near done. Never would have purchased this house if we had known that his "guys" were unskilled laborers who have both done terrible... Read more »

Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander answered on Dec 8, 2017

More information is needed to respond adequately to your question. Essentially, repair/construction work is governed by contract in Michigan. You say you have "conversations and agreement." Do you have a written contract regarding the price and work to be done? If there is no written... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: In detroit if ur house is not registered as a rental propery do u still have to pay rent
Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi answered on Sep 21, 2017

If there is no 'certificate of compliance' for the property the tenant's obligation to pay rent can be "suspended" under the Detroit ordinance, but expect that if you do that there will be eviction proceedings and the City may well force you to move out.

Consult...
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2 Answers | Asked in Constitutional Law, Construction Law, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Q: Can my township take my house if I don't replace my wooden siding with vinyl.
David Soble
David Soble answered on Apr 20, 2017

Generally, no, if the reason for their request is because of "blight."

However, if your current home is posing a danger to the public, then they can condemn the property. Hard to know how "siding" can pose a danger to the community.

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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Construction Law for Michigan on
Q: I lived with a guy for over 6 years. He put a lien on my house, which is up in a week or so. We are going to court

in June. I qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, if I file between court and after the year is up, will this take care of this lien? I'm getting mixed answers.

Mr Scott Marshall Neuman
Mr Scott Marshall Neuman answered on May 20, 2016

If the lien impairs your exemption then you can motion the bankruptcy court to remove the lien.

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