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Information first-time Michigan landlords should know

Buying and renting property represents a significant investment for landlords. If you are unfamiliar with the process it can be intimidating, especially if you are renting out property for the first time, but when done correctly it can go smoothly while also providing a consistent source of income. Each state has its own landlord-tenant laws so it is important to become familiar with them before renting out property.

It is not always a tenant complaint that starts legal trouble

Landlords who own apartment complexes or other forms of residential rental properties provide necessary housing for people from all walks of life. In many ways, complying with the complex regulations that apply to residential property management in the Detroit area is complex. Anti-discrimination laws and rules that seem to limit landlords in securing agreements with residents are not always as clear-cut as they should be. In other situations, discriminatory practices may seem fairly obvious and easier to avoid for a proactive landlord.

Landlord/tenant dispute: Carbon monoxide in home a risk

In any relationship between a landlord and a tenant, there are standards that must be met to ensure the health and welfare of the occupants of a rental property. Some Michigan landlords do not honor these protocols, putting the lives of tenants at risk. A recent landlord/tenant dispute involves allegations that a landlord failed to ensure the safety of her tenants.

Landlord/tenant dispute finally results in eviction

For one landlord in another state, the fight to get tenants legally evicted was a long and complicated process. The landlord/tenant dispute took months to resolve and no less than 10 court appearances. Michigan landlords may benefit from understanding how the case unfolded and what procedures finally ended the ordeal.

Management of vacation property can cause landlord/tenant issues

A real estate transaction or management arrangement can lead to a dispute among the parties involved for any number of reasons. While leases and purchase agreements are typically pretty clear about management details and property matters in Michigan, any discord can result in a dispute that requires legal support or guidance. Landlord/tenant matters, including vacation property disputes, can turn into time-consuming and costly endeavors without experienced and focused legal guidance.

Landlord/tenant dispute at center of recent Michigan eviction

Most landlord/tenant issues can be avoided when leases and contracts are well-prepared and both sides are clear about responsibilities and expectations. However, even when there are leases in place, landlord/tenant disputes or a landlord's disregard for outlined responsibilities can occur and require legal intervention. Apartment tenants in Michigan are currently dealing with a landlord who allegedly did not live up to his responsibilities, and they claim they are being evicted as a result.

Fate of seniors on the line in landlord/tenant dispute

When a landlord decides to sell a building, the fate of those who live there can get complicated. A dispute may erupt and halt the plans if tenants feel blindsided or unfairly treated by the owner of the building. Michigan elderly who live in senior living facilities may not be immune to this type of scenario and can become the participants in a landlord/tenant dispute that results in litigation.

Landlord/tenant dispute gets heated as gas is shut off

Renters expect their landlords will provide a safe and peaceful place for them to live. When there is a landlord/tenant dispute, tenants may feel there is no other way to protect their rights as a group. Renters in Michigan and elsewhere who feel their landlord has violated their rights or intimidated them into leaving can pursue legal means of protecting themselves as a group. They can also file suit individually if needed.

Dramatic rent increase results in landlord/tenant dispute

Rental amounts can naturally be a point of contention for landlords and tenants. When an agreement is reached and a lease signed, there are rarely disagreements that lead to legal intervention. However, when one party feels the other has acted unfairly, a landlord/tenant dispute can erupt and lead to the necessity of legal intervention. Michigan renters and landlords may want to follow the story of a woman who posted the details of a rent dispute on a social network, drawing both sympathy and scorn.

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