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Q: I am up to date on paying my rent. My landlord has called me saying he has a buyer for the house and wants me out

Does the covid act help me for more time on getting out?

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Apr 3, 2021

It is possible there are pandemic related protections in place, but those are ephemeral and case-by-location.

Here are some key points to be aware of:

(1) If you have a lease, with a defined term (for example until July 1, 2021), it is likely the landlord CANNOT remove you for any...
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Q: If i won case for evicting my tenant and im in the 10 day waiting period, will the new moratorium reverse the victory?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Apr 2, 2021

I don't believe so if the tenant has not already complied with the requirements for the moratorium.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Real Estate Law and Environmental for Michigan on
Q: Do I have a right to request termination of lease, before my move in date, if landlord is not responding to concerns?

Do I have a right to request termination of lease, before my move in date, if no one is responding to these concerns? I found pests(bedbugs) of what I believe to be an infestation as I was cleaning the unit. I have proof and I’ve contacted the agent and the Property Manager and sent them... Read more »

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Mar 31, 2021

There's quite a lot of misconception around landlord and tenant laws. The Michigan Landlord Tenant handbook should be easy to find and will have some helpful information in it.

Anytime you break a contract, with a complete defense or not, you're risking retaliation (balance that...
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Q: My ex-boyfriend moved out last year.

However when I signed the new lease last July, they forced him to sign the lease because it was not enough notice. Now they are saying that I cannot leave this lease when it ends in July because he isn't giving notice. Can my landlord charge me month to month and hold me to the lease?

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Mar 30, 2021

See the landlord tenant handbook from the state of Michigan for perhaps a starting point, but you might benefit from a consultation from a lawyer.

It is common for residential leases to start with a 1-year term and continue in month-to-month terms until the landlord or tenant provides one...
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Q: Pay rent on bank app, due on 1st, 5 day grace period, made on 1st, bank says 5 days to pay, landlord claims r 6th

Landlord claim received on the 6th, how do I know when received

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Mar 29, 2021

It is possible there is a rule written within the lease, so don't ignore that possibility.

Generally, the day you place rent in the mail, is the day rent is 'paid'. And the day rent was 'received' isn't usually important. If you involve a third-party payment...
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Q: how much would it cost to evict a person from my house

daughter and boyfriend won't leave my house

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Mar 18, 2021

Contact the district court in the county you live, but the filing fee is around $55 for possession without money damages, and more for money damages. Service of process fees might be around $40. Michigan has a landlord tenant handbook that is very helpful for landlords and tenants. This link might... Read more »

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Q: Can my landlord evict my family if our rent is current? The landlord rented under a verbal conditional contract.

3 months, month to month and a year lease after the 3 months were completed. However he showed up 2 weeks( after we paid him $3000 and paid a another $700 out of pocket ) After we been in on 12-15-2020 and said we had to go. We have still paid him rent Jan, Feb, and March. We are looking very... Read more »

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Mar 9, 2021

I couldn't figure out the exact situation from what was written, but these general guidelines might answer your question:

A landlord must go through the process of eviction to evict a tenant, the tenant may respond through the court to contest the eviction.

During the term of a...
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Q: Can a landlord keep the rental money for repairs

The tenants abandoned the property they were paid one month ahead a demand full payment on April 1st when they were served with a notice to quit the property Can the rental money and security deposit be used to repair and replace things a stall

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Mar 6, 2021

A landlord does not have a right to the security deposit until the tenant releases or loses the right to it, and usually occurs following the procedures set out in-part in the Landlord Tenant Relationship Act. It doesn't read to me that the landlord here has acquired the right to the security... Read more »

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Q: I cosigned a 1 year lease agreement 6 years ago. Do I owe for recent unpaid rent? Am I liable?

Is there a Michigan law section I can quote?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Mar 3, 2021

You may well be. If the landlord sues, he or she can collect from either or both of you.

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Q: I'm on a month-to-month lease with my girlfriend she's moving out the landlord wants me to move out can I stay

I told the landlord that I wanted to stay he says the lease ends on the 31st and I have to move can they still make me move even though I never said I wanted to move

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Mar 3, 2021

Probably. Month-to-month leases, are generally considered a periodic tenancy, those that continue for successive fractions until terminated by proper notice by either party. The beginning date is certain, but the termination date is uncertain--that is--until notice is given. Termination of the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: Do homeowners of an estate home have to pay for essential home repairs (roof) while home is occupied rent free?
Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi answered on Feb 23, 2021

This depends on how the occupancy arrangements are defined. GENERALLY speaking the life tenant is responsible for the current expenses like utilities, taxes and insurance but PRINCIPAL improvements are not required. A new roof could be seen as increasing the value rather than merely maintaining it... Read more »

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Q: Tenant/landlord Received notice to quit january moved out and now can’t get security deposit back from landlord ?
Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Feb 23, 2021

Your question is a little vague.

There are certain procedures a landlord and tenant must follow to shift who takes the next step in a several step ladder to acquire the security deposit. You might take a look at the Landlord Tenant Handbook from the State of Michigan, you might be able to...
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Q: I am renting a house and I am paid up to next month and my landlord is going in my house and removing my items

I am paid up and he is already trying to sell it without eviction notice

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Feb 10, 2021

Provided you are not in breach of the lease, missed a notice to quit, missed an eviction notice, missed eviction hearing, and any subsequent trial, it sounds like your landlord might be taking steps known as "self-help" and, subject to some really rare situations, unlawful.... Read more »

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Q: Can my landlord go through my house without consent and without eviction notice?

I am paid up to next month and he's already selling it without my knowledge

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Feb 10, 2021

Depends on the lease and rights conferred to you therein, but it is likely the landlord has a right to sell the property without telling you. The landlords will have to take steps to transfer your security deposit, and tell you where to send the new rent checks, however beyond that a real property... Read more »

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Q: If my boss acquired an apartment for me, in her name is the lease supposed to be signed by me,and give me a copy
Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Feb 2, 2021

This will all depend on the terms of lease, the flexibility of the landlord, and flexibility of your employer. You might be a assignee or under a sublease. With more information you could even be considered the tenant.

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Q: In Michigan is a tenant responsible for blind slats replacement if they fall off?

If I sign the Repair/Replacement/Maintenance Costs agreement it is saying I agree and understand the charges that will be assessed if not on the inventory checklist. As a tenant I have no way of knowing how long these blinds have been up, just because the blinds were intact when I moved in... Read more »

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Feb 2, 2021

Generally, a landlord may not asses a charge against the tenant's security deposit for normal wear and tear. Normal wear and tear might include window coverings that degrade. The timing and facts are very specific when it comes to moving out with a security deposit and assessed fees against... Read more »

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Q: about dismissal on eviction notice?

My landlord dismissed the case and is harssaing me about someone coming over her on feb 3 to put me out, cane she do that?

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Feb 2, 2021

A little more information is necessary. But, if (1) your landlord provided the notice to quit, for whatever reason, and (2) waited the requisite number of days, and (3) then filed suit against you for eviction, but then (4) voluntarily dismissed the case against you. Then it sounds to me as if,... Read more »

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Q: I pay lot rent and own the title to my trailer she raised the Rent on Jan11-21

She raised the rent from 396 to 764 can she kick me out come February

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Jan 30, 2021

If you own a mobile home and rent a lot in a mobile home park you are not in a traditional landlord/tenant relationship, rather you are a mobile home park tenant and special rules apply to you. Some of the special rules provide for circumstances permitting eviction such as "just cause".... Read more »

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Q: Can my landlord legally cut my (outside) Internet cable?

I pay for my own Internet. Cable and jack were present when I moved in. Landlord is forcing residents to use landlord-chosen ISP. New service will quadruple my bill. I asked landlord HOW my Internet service would be “discontinued” - and I was told that the cable will be cut outside my... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 20, 2021

I believe your landlord can do so. You may be in what's called a "multi-dwelling unit", and ISPs and cable companies can compete for exclusive service to those. Once service is secured, they become the exclusive provider of services to that dwelling.

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Q: Landlord where I was renting the basement changed the locks & refused to give me my things. said confiscated for nopay

She has everything including my receipt book for rent payments, lease, all my clothes, TV, Microwave, jewelry, bedding, and misc other things. She wanted rent in cash so I bought a receipt book for receipts. She didn't want to due to trying to keep the income secret. He Son was threatening to... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 7, 2021

You need to contact an attorney in your area quickly. If you cannot afford one, this is a situation your local legal aid office may provide assistance for. This doesn't sound right, and smacks of an illegal eviction.

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