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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.

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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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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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Q: Does the CDC eviction moratorium apply to land contract forfeiture?
David Soble
David Soble answered on May 23, 2021

No. Land Contracts are not leases and occupants under a land contract are purchasers, not tenants. In either case, during the pandemic, the court dockets have long delays, so if you can work out a settlement with the other party to resolve your issues, it will benefit both sides.

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Q: Am I allowed to break lease without fines if...?

The past 3 months, my car has been broken into and its tires have been slashed. I filed police reports but no dice. My lease ends in August, it is currently May. The lease states I can terminate the lease without fines as long as I give them notice 60 days before the end of the lease. However, I... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 21, 2021

Doubtful; But you can always talk to your leasing agent to see what can be worked out. They could always agree not to fine you, depending on how soon you wish to move.

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Q: During the pandemic can a judge order the tenant to be out in 10 days cuz the landlord wants possession of property
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 6, 2021

Yes. There are specific criteria and a process to be completed to prevent eviction during COVID-19. And unless the tenant qualifies, evictions can still happen.

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Q: Can I get evicted right now?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 3, 2021

Yes, if proper procedures and due process considerations are in order.

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Q: Can I hang a sign in my storefront window warning prospective tenants about our landlord

I own a children's clothing store and we found out a year into our occupancy of this space that my landlord has a terrible reputation (I've spoken with approx 15 former tenants all with the same type of story) of taking every tenant to court upon termination of the relationship, never... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Apr 21, 2021

Somewhat ironically, it comes down to what your lease allows regarding signage.

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Q: Is it legal for landlord to charge you for months before you move in? Then charge you for moving in on The 1st of the mo

My landlord had me pay full rent for April and May when I do not move in until May 9th. When I asked to move in on May first they wanted to charge me and additional 125$.

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Apr 21, 2021

It sounds a little unusual, but a signed written lease could explain it away. The lease should include the term start date, possession date, and payment. If you paid for the entire month of May it would be surprising if you'd need to pay anything to move in early, but without seeing the lease... Read more »

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Q: I sued my tenants & was rewarded but they haven’t paid me A check came to my house in they name is it a way I can keep.

I am asking is there a way that I can use the check that came to my house as a form of payment for the money I was rewarded. They have not pay one penny towards the judgment at all and it’s over $5000Plus they scammer so they don’t work for anybody they work for they self so there’s no way... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Apr 19, 2021

Unfortunately, no. And if what you're saying about them is true, you probably don't want anything to do with that check anyway.

Your's is an unfortunate but all too familiar predicament when it comes to money judgments. The old adage "you can't squeeze blood out of...
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Q: I have a tenant on a moth to month lease,mailed him a 30 day non renewal notice, he said he will not leave due to Corona

This is in Michigan. What do I do now? I just want to make sure that I am within my rights.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Apr 19, 2021

Contrary to what seems to be popular opinion, landlords can evict tenants during the pandemic. There are exemptions that follow specific criteria, largely on the tenant's part, to enact.

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Q: How to file an eviction notice

No contract tenant

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Apr 19, 2021

The process starts with what's called a Notice to Quit. You'll likely need to serve that and wait 30 days before proceeding to the next step.

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Q: Is there anything, in Michigan, a renter has to sign that states specifically that they’re off of a lease?

I’ve moved my furniture out of the place, returned my keys, and have started the process of returning my deposit. Is there a written agreement in Michigan specifically that is required?

David Soble
David Soble answered on Apr 14, 2021

A lease is a contract. Generally, the parties are bound by the provisions of a signed lease. Turning in the keys is a unilateral step only. Without the landlord's release, you would still be obligated on the contract.

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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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