Landlord Tenant Attorneys serving Redford & Southeastern Michigan
We know you’re a good landlord, but even the best and the most careful landlords can end up with a bad tenant. Our real estate attorneys have been helping landlords with purchase agreements, leases, and their other tenant issues for over 30 years.
There are many reasons to evict a tenant, some of which are listed below:
- Failure of tenant(s) to pay rent.
- Continued disorderly conduct by the tenant.
- Tenant(s) willfully destroy or damage your property.
- Chronic lateness in paying rent.
- Violation of rules and regulations, as outlined in the lease or of city or township ordinances .
- Illegal drug use on the premises by either the tenant(s) or their guests.
- Possession of illegal drugs on the property by the tenant(s) or their guests.
- Remaining on the property after the lease has expired, usually known as a “holdover”
John Keenan: Redford Landlord Tenant Lawyer
Our attorneys have represented many local landlords who find themselves in this particular situation. Or, you may have purchased a property, or properties, for back taxes and you need to get the current occupants out.
If you are a landlord with a tenant who is not paying, we will be happy to help.
How to Evict a Tenant in Michigan
Our attorneys send the tenant(s) a Demand for Possession in an attempt to get them to pay the rent that’s due. In many tenant cases, that is all that is necessary to get a tardy tenant to pay.
If the tenant does not comply with the Demand for Possession, our lawyers file a Complaint in the District Court to terminate their tenancy. Our landlord attorneys then appear in court on your behalf, and get a judgement of possession from the judge terminating their tenancy. The judge typically orders the tenant to move out within 10 days
If the tenant(s) don’t move out on their own, our attorneys will go back to court for a Writ of Eviction. We provide you with the Writ of Eviction and we can help you make the arrangements to move the tenant(s) out.
If you would like more information about landlord tenant issue in Redford, Livonia, Detroit, Dearborn, or anywhere else in Michigan, visit the Land Lord Tenant Act page from the State of Michigan’s Legislature.
In the landlord tenant act, landlords & tenants can find the answers to run of the mill questions regarding tenants issues, leases, security deposits, subleasing provisions, and evictions. Our landlord tenant lawyers are experts in this document. If you don’t feel like reading over 65 pages about landlord tenant issues in Michigan or can’t find the time to read the landlord tenant act, just give our landlord tenant attorneys a call. They’ll be happy to help you.
How to Evict a Tenant with a Home Bought for Back Taxes in Michigan
Many people are buying properties on back taxes, but are having problems evicting the current occupants, our lawyers can help with that too. It is a similar process to evicting a tenant, but requires eviction pleadings.
Our attorneys will send them a Demand for Possession. This states that they no longer own the property and that they must move out. If they don’t move out voluntarily at that point, our real estate lawyers file a Complaint for Possession.
Our attorneys will then appear in court for you; obtain the Judgment for Possession and, if necessary, have the Court issue a Writ of Eviction so that we can help you move the current occupants out.
Frequently Asked Question By Landlords in Redford, Michigan
Q: I’m a landlord here in Redford Township, my tenant moved out four months before the end of their lease and they were two months behind on their rent when they left. I have a security deposit from them, it equals one month’s rent. Do I have to return it to them?
A: As a landlord, you are entitled to keep their deposit for the rent owed to you. You are also entitled to hold them liable for the rent due under the lease until you are able to re-lease the property. You have to try your best to re-rent the property at the same amount, but if you have to rent it for less money, your past tenant is responsible for the rent they would have owed you until the end of their lease.
Don’t forget to comply with Michigan law for landlords by sending a statement to his current, or last known, address, within 30 days of the day you discovered he moved out, letting him know that you are retaining his deposit for unpaid rent. You should also let him know that you are holding him responsible for the rent due under the lease until you are able to re-lease the property.
Once you find a new tenant to re-lease the property, or his lease ends; whichever is sooner; you should send him a statement for all monies due under his lease. If the past tenant does not pay, you can file suit against him in the District Court where he is then residing.
Q: I’m a landlord in Redford Township sending a Demand for Possession Non-Payment of Rent to my tenant who has not paid this month’s rent. Can I include a late fee on this form?
A: You may include a late fee in the form as long as you have a provision in your lease allowing you to charge a late fee, and that late fee is now due. You are entitled to put in any amount that is currently due under the provisions of the lease. This is why it is extremely important to how a landlord tenant lawyer draft a lease for you. If that provision is not in the lease, you cannot charge your tenant a late fee.
Q: I have a tenant whose lease is up in about five weeks. I don’t want to renew her lease, is it too late to evict her? She has violated several provisions of the lease. Do I have to renew the lease with her?
A: Some leases automatically renew if no one does anything within a certain time period prior to the end of the lease; some state that no holdover tenancy whatsoever is allowed unless a new lease is entered into. Look at your lease. If it has already automatically renewed, you can send her a Notice of Termination of Tenancy due to the lease violations she has made.
If it has not already renewed, or if it has no renewal clause, we recommend to immediately send her a formal notice of termination of tenancy, telling her she has to be out on the last day of her lease. You need to do this right away though, because you will have to give her 30 days, and time is running short to do that.
With the many problems you have already experienced with this tenant, I would have a landlord tenant attorney handle this for you so that it is done correctly the first time. If you try to do it yourself, a mistake in your paperwork or notice times can make the whole process take a lot longer if you have to go to court to get her out.
Q: I let my nephew move into my house a few months ago. We had a verbal agreement that he would pay $450.00 per month to live there with the understanding that this was a long term arrangement. He has now told me that he is moving out.Is there anything I can do to enforce our agreement?
A:Legal dealings between family members are fraught with difficulty under the best of circumstances. A verbal rental agreement is enforceable, but only as a month to month lease. Therefore, your nephew owes you rent for 30 days from the time he notifies you that he is leaving.
If he does not pay you for that time period, you do have the right to sue him for the rent due through the end of the 30 days.
But think carefully before you do. From a family standpoint, it is probably better to use this as a learning experience that business relationships with family and friends can lead to greater problems than with strangers, because emotional issues are involved.
If you decide to take another renter in in the future, be sure you enter into a written lease, and take a security deposit. In Michigan, you may take a security deposit of up to, but no more than, 1 ½ times the monthly rental.