Posts Categorized: Landlord-Tenant Law

What to Know About Section 8 Tenants

What to Know About Section 8 Tenants

Landlords often seek out or simply accept a commonly used government housing funded program often referred to as Section 8. But what should landlords know about Section 8 and the tenants that benefit from it? Read on to learn more: What is Section 8? Section 8 refers to a particular federal law out of the… Read more »

The Top Legal Responsibilities of Landlords in Michigan

Top Legal Responsibilities of Landlords in Michigan

All landlords in Michigan have legal responsibilities towards their tenants. Maintaining rental properties, following security deposit laws, and practicing non-discrimination in choosing tenants are just some of the many legal responsibilities that landlords have. If they are not aware of these responsibilities, they could wind up in legal trouble somewhere down the road. Comply with… Read more »

4 Times a Landlord Should Hire a Lawyer

5 Times a Landlord Should Hire a Lawyer

No landlord wants to deal with a lawsuit. However, these instances do crop up, even for the most diligent landlords. Minor disputes can typically be handled between a landlord and their tenant, but there are moments when it’s best to have a lawyer to fight your case. Evictions When a tenant stops paying their rent,… Read more »

How to Screen and Choose Tenants in Michigan

HOW TO SCREEN AND CHOOSE TENANTS IN MICHIGAN

Screening and choosing tenants is never a straightforward process. First you have to contend with federal and Michigan state tenant laws, but then you also have to consider a tenant’s particular history. No case is simple, and you must stay vigilant to avoid bad tenants or potential lawsuits. Be aware of Michigan laws There are… Read more »

When Can a Landlord Not Return a Security Deposit?

WHEN CAN A LANDLORD NOT RETURN A SECURITY DEPOSIT?

The security deposit. It is perhaps the most contentious issue between a landlord and their tenant. The question of not returning a tenant’s security deposit can be tricky, especially if you don’t know when you should or should not return it. You must always keep in mind that Michigan law does NOT permit a landlord… Read more »

How to Report a Delinquent Tenant to the Credit Bureau

How to Report a Delinquent Tenant to the Credit Bureau

No landlord wants to deal with delinquent tenants. A tenant who doesn’t pay their rent is not only a problem for you but a problem for future landlords as well. Reporting delinquent tenants to the credit bureau can indicate to other landlords that they shouldn’t rent to this particular person. However, reporting a delinquent tenant… Read more »

How Can Landlords Protect Themselves Against Potential Lawsuits?

As a landlord, it’s only natural to worry about potential lawsuits. Keep in mind, however, that nobody (except for lawyers) wants to go to court, and most landlord-tenant and liability lawsuits can actually be avoided with good property management strategies. Here are a few tips that can help protect you from litigation: Screen Your Tenants… Read more »

Detroit City Council Approves Fair Chance Housing Ordinance

Upon returning from prison, many ex-criminals who have successfully undergone rehabilitation struggle to find homes in Detroit because their rental applications are denied based solely on their past misdeeds. These individuals will soon have a better chance of finding new homes, however, thanks to a “Ban the Box” ordinance which was unanimously approved by the… Read more »

Proposal 1 and Landlord, Tenant Rights in Michigan

Following the approval of Proposal 1 in November, Michigan has become the first state in the Midwest where residents can legally grow and use recreational marijuana. Under the terms of the new legislation, anyone age 21 and older can possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana on their person and have up to 12 plants… Read more »