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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.

Michael Zamzow
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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.

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

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

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

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

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
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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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
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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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
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.

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

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

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Collections and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
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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