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Landlord-Tenant Matters Archives

Fate of church at center of landlord/tenant dispute

Whenever a tenant moves into a dwelling or establishment, that tenant may embark on making improvements to the property. Typically, the landlord gives permission for specific improvements, and an agreement between parties is reached. However, there may be instances where a landlord/tenant dispute erupts over the fate of property once a tenant has invested a great deal of time and money making improvements to the place. Michigan landlords and tenants may be interested in a story about a church at the center of such a dispute.

When a tenant engages in illegal activity

Finding out that a tenant engaged in illegal activity on the property they are renting can be a very alarming discovery for a landlord. When a landlord makes such a discovery in regards to one of their tenants, it can be very important for the landlord to respond properly.

A closer look at 'animal house' ordinances

The unfortunate reality is that almost every rental property owner has some sort of experience dealing with less than ideal tenants. While these tenants may have been problematic due to more minor issues like excessive noise or bothersome pets, still others might have been problematic because of more serious issues like criminal activities.

Paperwork key to avoiding landlord tenant disputes

A legal contract between a landlord and a tenant is put in place as a means of protecting both parties. In Michigan, a lease is the most common document used and is key to both ensuring clarity and preventing landlord tenant disputes from arising. Unfortunately, even after signing a lease, a dispute can still occur and legal action may become necessary. By following a few simple tips, both tenants and landlords can minimize the chances of disputes and also be more prepared to defend their rights should one occur.

Having the right screening questions important for landlords

The decision of whether or not to rent out a property to a given prospective tenant can be a very big one for a landlord. It is a decision that could potentially have significant impacts on the landlord, the prospective tenant and other tenants in the landlord's building. Thus, having the right information when making this decision can be very important for a landlord.

Would legalizing demands for payment by email improve collections?

If you've been a landlord in Michigan for long, you've probably had to deal with at least one eviction where you ended up losing money. One situation in which landlords lose out, however, may come as a surprise: Your noncompliant tenant leaves before you get a chance to serve an eviction notice.

Bill on landlord banning of medical marijuana being considered

There are many different rules here in Michigan regarding what sorts of prohibitions landlords can and cannot put in the leases they form with tenants. Currently, a bill is before the state's legislature which would clarify what the rule is when it comes to the permissibility of landlord bans on medical marijuana use.

Help for when real estate transactions get tricky

Most deals or agreements made concerning real estate flow smoothly and all parties are quite pleased with the results. However, not all real estate transactions in Michigan are as cut and dry as others. There may be times when a leasing issue or other issue between a landlord and tenant requires extra attention and possibly even litigation.

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