Michigan Landlord Forms
Michigan Landlord Tenant Laws are primarily provided in Michigan Legislature Act 348 of 1972, Act 454 of 1978 and Act 236 of 1961. The statutes provide terms, rights and responsibilities of the parties to a landlord tenant agreement, statutes regarding violations and penalties under Michigan Landlord Tenant Law.
This information does not substitute for the legal advice of an attorney. If you have questions regarding your rights or believe that you have reason to bring an action under Michigan Landlord Tenant Law, you should contact an attorney.
Michigan Landlord Forms provides you with all the forms you need for your rental properties. The rental agreement is a professionally prepared, comprehensive example of a lease agreement. You do not have to worry about having a vague document that will not stand up in court, should you or your tenant file an action under Michigan Landlord Tenant Law. You will avoid violating the Act 454 of 1978, Michigan Truth in Renting Act statutes governing prohibited clauses or clauses, set forth in section 3 of 554.633. This section states that a rental agreement “shall not include a provision” that waives or alters a remedy when the rental property is unfit or uninhabitable or provides that the parties waive their rights regarding security deposits under Michigan Landlord Tenant Law. This section also prohibits one party to the rental agreement from requiring the other party to pay attorney or other legal fees when a dispute arises over the rental agreement. It prohibits landlords from altering the terms of the rental agreement while the lease is in effect. Michigan Landlord Tenant Law, under 554.634, also stipulates that the following statement be provided to the tenant in writing:
“NOTICE: Michigan law establishes rights and obligations for parties to rental agreements. This agreement is required to comply with the Truth in Renting Act. If you have a question about the interpretation or legality of a provision of this agreement, you may want to seek assistance from a lawyer or other qualified person.” Landlords can face penalties for violating the Truth in Renting Act, including the voiding of the rental agreement and termination of the tenancy should a tenant successfully bring an action against the landlord. Landlords can be fined up to $250 per violation, or actual damages, whichever is greater. Providing a rental agreement that has the proper legal wording can save you expensive court costs, attorney fees and court-ordered fines.
The move in/move out checklist, also available from the American Apartment Owners Association, will comply with 554.608, Inventory Checklists. This section of Michigan Landlord Tenant Law requires that: “The landlord shall make use of inventory checklists both at the commencement and termination of occupancy for each rental unit which detail the condition of the rental unit for which a security deposit is required.” The tenant will return one copy to the landlord within seven days after taking possession of the premises. Upon termination of the tenancy, the landlord will complete another list, detailing any damages allegedly caused by the tenant.
A move in/move out checklist is just one of the Michigan Landlord Forms that are crucial for landlords to always have available. Obtain your rent receipts, notice of entry so that you can give tenants .proper 24 hour notice that you need to enter the premises, extension of lease, mold addendum, smoke detector notice, past due rent, notice to pay rent or quit, notice of termination of tenancy and other crucial Michigan Landlord Forms.
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