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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Michigan on
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: 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: 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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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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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
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: Tenant owed 5 month rent and 1k water bill

Tenant owed 5 month rent and 1k water bill due to eviction ban and no shutoff utility as Covid19. Township can't get the bill paid but decided to add the water bill to landlord property tax. Is it correct? what I should do except file eviction? Thanks!

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Aug 15, 2020

In most jurisdictions, a water bill is a lien on the land, and so ultimately is the responsibility of the property owner. That is why many landlords elect to keep the water bill in their name and charge the tenant for the water either as part of the rent or additional to it.

You can...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Foreclosure, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: i lived in an apt complex for 5 years. NEVER paid a late fee!!!!!no problems at all. mt lease was up april 30,2020. i h

i couldnt get help to move at that time because of virus closures. i couldnt turn key in till june 6 they are saying i have to pay my deposit back and charging me a mth rent during the initial out break. how can they charge me 800.00

Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi answered on Jul 6, 2020

If I understand the question, you resided in an apartment until June 6 but your lease ended on April 30. That means you 'held over' a little over a month.

Therefore, you owe a little over a month in extra rent on a 'month to month' basis (look at your lease, I bet it...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: My tenant stopped paying rent and water. During the virus, what can I legally do in Michigan?

I am a landlord who has a tenant that missed his payment for this month. That tenant is also violating the lease agreement by having way too many people living at that house and smoking marijuana. My question is am I able to start an eviction process after April 17th or did the date change with the... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Apr 16, 2020

I believe that date is extended with the new executive order. Keep in mind that even if you were to file, it will be some time before a hearing happens. Unless you have a police report, it sounds like you'll need to do a 30-day notice to quit for the lease violation, only after which the court... Read more »

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