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 the FHA
The FHA, or Fair Housing Act, prevents landlords from discriminating against potential tenants based on their age, sex, race, religion, and more. While there are exceptions to the FHA, all landlords must comply with its rules and regulations to prevent potential lawsuits.
And with Michigan rent laws
Michigan, like most other states, has its own laws and regulations concerning rent and evictions. These laws control what you need to do in order to raise the rent or evict a tenant for non-payment. In these instances, it is often best to consult an attorney as these laws can be numerous and convoluted.
Follow state rules concerning security deposits
Security deposits are one of the most contentious issues between landlords and their tenants. It is why states like Michigan have laws to settle these disputes. In Michigan, a security deposit must be returned within 30 days after the tenant moves out. Additionally, landlords can only charge a tenant a maximum of one and a half month’s rent for the security deposit.
Provide livable housing
One of the biggest responsibilities that landlords have towards their tenants is providing livable and habitable housing. If a landlord doesn’t take care of important repairs (such as a broken heater, mold issues, and other problems that make a space unhealthy or unlivable), a tenant can sue their landlord. Plus, in Michigan, tenants have the right to withhold rent or to “repair and deduct” if a landlord does not fix these problems.
At Aaron Cox Law, we can help you navigate the complicated legal responsibilities that you face as a landlord. To learn more, contact us today.