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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: If I break my 1 year lease agreement with 4 months remaining and my landlord decides to move back into the home,

Is it considered subleasing? Would I still be held reliable to pay the remaining months rent?

Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi answered on Dec 30, 2021

If the place is immediately 're-rented' likely no, you won't owe additional.

You may be liable for 'damages' but if there were no damages ....

HOWEVER, before relying on this it would be wise to have a local lawyer review your lease and all the facts to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: Do I need to hire an attorney? How can I get a copy of my purchase contract?

I purchased my manufactured home on 3/9/2009 and because I purchased it brand new my community had a lifetime promotion they wrote in my purchase contract that I will receive $100 off rent for lifetime. I cannot find my purchase contract paperwork so I went to the office and the manager stated... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Dec 17, 2021

I'm unsure what an attorney can do for you. It would not be filed with any government entity, and so if the management no longer has a copy, and you can't find yours, you may be stuck.

Since others are having the same issue, and management appears willing to acknowledge they did...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: Am I a guest or tenant at a hotel here in Michigan? Do I have to leave the hotel because my rent is 1 week behind?

I've been living here a year and I didnt pay last week due to a bank error.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Dec 13, 2021

Whether you have to leave depends on hotel management. Can they legally make you? Probably yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: I rent my home. My landlord has refused to wear a mask to enter for maintenance. Is this legal?

They have stated that they do not believe In masks and I have 2 small children. 1 with an immune deficiency. They also want to enter while we are quarantined due to exposure.

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

Legal? Probably if provided sufficient and adequate need for entry.

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: how much can a landlord legally raise rent in a mobile home park?

there is no lease agreement and he is trying to raise the rent $30.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Dec 1, 2021

If there is no lease agreement, then you are on a month-to-month lease. So every month is a new lease period. The question really is about notice; there is no limit to how much the increase can be.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: CAN MY LANDLORD RENT A HOUSE AND COLLECT RENT IF THE HOME HAS NOT BEEN INSPECTED FOR LEAD OR SAFETY CAN I BE EVICTED

THIS HOUSE HAS 3 TICKETS FROM THE CITY RIGHT NOW

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Nov 15, 2021

Your landlord's obligation to the city has nothing to do with you. You can be evicted. Can they collect back rent while in code violation? A local attorney familiar with your location would need to advise you on that.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: I am being discriminated against by my landlord. I am a white person and she is an african american. She has made raciaL

She recently purchased the property and has made racial slurs to me. This is discrimination and I need someone to help me file a lawsuit. Thank You

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Nov 8, 2021

You need more than slurs to successfully file a law suit. That's not to say she hasn't committed a crime; that's somethig for police and prosecutors to figure out. Other than being a rude and belligerent person, how has she discriminated against you? Is she evicting you?

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: I own the home I've been paying my ex to live in for the last 2 yrs while I was away. I'm back, he won't leave.

We've been divorced for 14 years. Living separately. He had been living in a room above a store for a few years. I met someone and wanted to move out of my house to be with this person. Not necessarily forever, but to give it a try. I had cats at my house and needed to let them remain... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Nov 8, 2021

Your ex is a tenant. Unless there is a written lease, his tenancy is at will. Doesn't really matter what your agreement was. You will likely have to evict him. To start, you will need to serve him with a 30 day notice to quit. Could he come back at you under some other legal theory? Perhaps.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: I'm being sued for eviction for not signing a lease that was not provided for me by management on purpose

I received a lease in April with someone else name on it I talked to the manager once instead of helping me she tried to argue I was this person on the lease I told her they took my i.d last year and gave me a lease in my name and she ended the conversation and told me she would call me back but... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Oct 28, 2021

This may be more simple than the actual facts determine but it seems that if the eviction notice is in someone else's name, and you are not that person, that's where I would start.

How do you pay the rent? Do you have proof of payment?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: Can my landlord evict me due to her negligence? My whole family suffered from CO2. Now she is trying to evict us

My landlords house is not even a listed legal rental in Manistee County, MI. She charged us late fees during the covid-19 pandemic. My family and I suffered from. CO2 OF 14.8 on January 3rd, 2021. We had to call city police, fire department and get a heating and cooling professional in here.... Read more »

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

If your lease is up, it sounds like the landlord may have a right to evict you under a 30-day notice to quit. It doesn't sound like she's evicting you due to lack of rent, which arguably could be challenged as retaliatory.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: Hello , I’m being evicted from my home and I want to know how long I legally have to move .. I have lived here 2 years
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Oct 18, 2021

Judge will tell you. Typically you must move within 10 days after the judge determines. The amount of time you have lived there is not a factor.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: I took out a loan for a mobile home for my daughter. I put her name on loan. She's not making payments. Can I evict her

There is no lease agreement. She had no credit so I put her name on loan so she could establish credit. She's messing up my credit by not paying on time. I want the trailer back so I can sell it to save my credit.Whats the best route to go to get her out

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Oct 15, 2021

Whose name is on the title? That's what matters. If the mobile home's title is in your daughter's name, then there isn't much you can do. If title is in your name, then perhaps you can evict her and sell it.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: Owner of the house received cash from nephew and decided that my son buy's it back from him. Deed is still in the owner
Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi answered on Oct 3, 2021

Your question is unclear. But ALL real estate transactions need to be done in a written agreement. ‘Owner decided’ is never enough. What does the written agreement state?

If you’re unsure, you need to immediately seek local legal representation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: When am I able to move my roommates things out

I have a roommate that did not pay for the month yet. She doesnt answer my messages and have not been back in 30 days . I notified her on the 10th she needs to leave and "evicted" nothing from the courts though. We made our own agreement and it technically ended last month but she was... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Sep 29, 2021

You will need to formally evict her. That is the best course of action.

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

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

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

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

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

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
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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