A Look at the Rules Governing Security Deposits

Just about anyone who has rented or leased a property is familiar with the concept of a security deposit. What exactly is the purpose of this deposit and when is a tenant entitled to have it returned when they move out? We’re here to go over the basics to help you out. According to Michigan’s… Read more »

Legal Mistakes All Landlords Should Avoid

If you’re a landlord, you’ve likely run into an occasional problem with one of your tenants. Whether they are missing rent payments or refuse to comply with an eviction notice, there are legal actions you can take. However, the law will work against you if you don’t follow the proper procedures for dealing with tenants…. Read more »

Section 8 Renters. The Government is paying you for your tenant’s rent, you better believe that there are strings attached.

The Housing Act of 1937 was a product of the National Housing Act of 1934, part of the legislation to help Americans rebuild from the Great Depression. In addition to creating a central national housing authority, it gives those on welfare more options when it comes to living situations. Those receiving federal housing assistance can… Read more »

Does your Income Property Offer Reliable Income?

When in the market for income property, there are many points to consider before signing a purchase agreement and committing to a years-long mortgage. But there is one item to always remember; you want an income property to function as a steady source of income.     To achieve a consistent income stream, you obviously… Read more »

Your tenant filed for bankruptcy; how does that affect your landlord-tenant relationship?

Uh oh! Instead of receiving this month’s rent check in the mail you received a notice of voluntary petition for bankruptcy from your tenant. What does that mean to you Mr. Landlord? The first thing to understand about bankruptcy in landlord-tenant relationships is that the simple filing of a petition for bankruptcy protection enacts a… Read more »

Your Tenant Just Appealed Your Landlord-Tenant Eviction Judgment… Now What?

You just spent the last 4-6 weeks patiently working through Michigan’s landlord-tenant eviction procedures to get a judgment of possession against your tenant. A few days later you receive notice that your tenant has appealed your judgment…now what?   By itself, the filing of an appeal does nothing to stop your judgment from being enforceable…. Read more »

Your Tenant Just Filed a Motion Challenging Your Eviction Judgment… Now What?

You just spent the last 4-6 weeks patiently working through Michigan’s landlord-tenant eviction procedures to get a judgment of possession against your tenant. A few days later you receive notice that your tenant has filed a motion to set aside the judgment or for a new trial.   By itself, the filing of a motion… Read more »

An in Depth Look at Landlord’s Rights

A landlord has a legal right to enter his tenant’s rental unit in many circumstances. Practical access to the space is much more limited than it would be if the unit was vacant. But the home or commercial property still belongs to the landlord. The Covenant of Quiet use and Enjoyment Residential rental contracts imply… Read more »

Landlords / Tenants Should be Wary of Legal Pitfalls

LANDLORD’S LEGAL PITFALLS Most property owners who rent their property handle the legal actions associated with landlord and tenant relations on their own. The district court system is amicable to property owners handling their own legal affairs, but these landlords need to be especially wary of legal pitfalls. While most property owners who are also… Read more »

Tax Deeds – The Silent Problem for Purchasers

SO YOU BOUGHT A PROPERTY AT THE COUNTY TAX SALE? DO YOU REALLY OWN IT? CAN YOU SELL IT? Every fall Michigan Counties sell thousands of properties for delinquent taxes. The purchasers of these properties acquire deeds for reduced costs – sometimes pennies on the dollar – and receive a “Quit-Claim” deed in exchange. The… Read more »