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What you need to know about tenant eviction

Thousands of people across the state of Michigan are currently renting a property, and all of those people have more than likely signed some form of a lease agreement with their landlord. But there is the very likely possibility that a majority of those people did not read all of the fine print before they put pen to paper.

Eviction proceedings are one of those things that may be explained in the fine print that many people may not have all of the facts about. We decided to give our blog readers a heads up in the hopes that they may be able to save themselves the headache of messy litigation in the future.

It is important to know that, under eviction law, a landlord cannot simply kick you out of your rental property, even if you are behind on your rent. That's not to say that they cannot evict you but they must first go through a certain process before doing so. In order to evict you, a landlord must first obtain a court judgment; after which, they must then give you adequate notice to your eviction.

Most people are aware of the fact that a landlord may evict a tenant if they have violated some part of their lease agreement or rental contract. But many people are not aware of the fact that in some situations, a landlord may ask you to leave a property without cause. In these types of situations however, a landlord must give you a longer period of time, usually 30 to 60 days, in order to find another place to live.

It is important to remember that eviction law can vary greatly from state to state and what might be applicable in say California, may not necessarily be the case here in Michigan. It is important for people to read through lease agreements carefully and know what they are getting themselves into before they sign on the dotted line. If you find yourself questioning an eviction proceeding in anyway, it's always a good idea to speak to someone knowledgeable in real estate law that can answer all of your questions.

Source: FindLaw, "Tenant Eviction: What you Should Know as a Renter"

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