Landlord/Tenant

While most of my practice is criminal, from time to time, I handle other cases.
Recently, I was asked to represent someone who was being sued by his or her tenant on a landlord/tenant matter. It seemed that the landlord did not return the security deposit as required under the law, and was being sued for $16,200. While the landlord sustained legitimate damages and the tenant did not pay the last month’s rent, because the landlord did not follow the rules, she was indeed liable.

If you are going to be a landlord, you need to do it right. Michigan has a landlord/tenant act, which governs the relationship between a renter and the landlord. If you don’t follow the law, you can be held liable even if the tenant destroys your property or doesn’t pay the rent.

Bottom line; before you rent your property learn what you must do. Even though you may be in the right, if you don’t follow the law, you might end up paying the tenant.