Landlord Tenant

In Michigan, Landlord Tenant law is a very complex area of the law.  Under Michigan law BOTH landlords and tenants have legal obligations. As a result of the mortgage foreclosure bubble and tighter lending requirements, more people are leasing than ever before. Landlords and Tenants must be aware of the laws that affect these relationships. As an attorney, civil engineer, licensed Michigan Builder and licensed Michigan Real Estate Salesperson, Attorney Dominic Silvestri has been helping both landlords and tenants for over 10 years.

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Under a residential lease arrangement, do you know what rights and duties govern the security deposit?

Fast Facts:

  • A security deposit cannot exceed 1.5 times the monthly rental amount
  • A tenant MUST provide, in writing, a forwarding address to his/her landlord within 4 days of moving out.
  • Within 30 days of the tenant’s move out, a landlord must provide written notice of his/her intent to retain a security deposit
  • If a tenant disputes, in writing, a landlord’s intent to retain a security deposit, the landlord MUST file a lawsuit to have a court determine the parties rights.
  • A landlord could be liable to a tenant for 2 x the amount of the security deposit if he/she fails to file a lawsuit to determine the rights to a security deposit.

The following guide is a great and simple resource for both landlords and tenants:

security deposit law

courtesy of the MSU College of Law Housing Law Clinic

Commercial Leases

Commercial lease arrangements are not subject to the same requirements of a residential lease.  Commercial leases are often a blend of contract, real estate, environmental, business and construction law.  Having an attorney that has experience in these areas is crucial. Attorney Dominic Silvestri has handled all types of leasing arrangements and can help you with yours.