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A Guide to Michigan Landlord-Tenant Laws Every Landlord Should Know

michigan landlored-tenant lawsAs a landlord in Michigan, it’s essential to understand the laws that govern the landlord-tenant relationship. These laws not only protect the rights of tenants but also outline the responsibilities of landlords. In this blog, we will provide a comprehensive guide to Michigan landlord-tenant laws that every landlord should know.

Security Deposits

Under Michigan law, landlords are allowed to collect a security deposit from tenants. However, the deposit cannot exceed 1.5 months’ rent. Additionally, landlords must provide tenants with a written receipt that includes the amount of the deposit and how it will be used. When the lease ends, landlords must return the deposit within 30 days or provide a written explanation for any deductions.

Lease Agreements

In Michigan, lease agreements can be written or verbal. However, it’s always best to have a written agreement that outlines the terms of the lease, including rent, security deposit, and move-in date. The lease should also include any rules or regulations that tenants must follow.

Maintenance and Repairs

Landlords in Michigan are required to keep their rental properties in a safe and habitable condition. This includes making necessary repairs and maintaining the property’s electrical, plumbing, and heating systems. Landlords must also provide working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

Notice Requirements

Michigan law requires landlords to provide tenants with notice before entering the rental property. Generally, landlords must provide at least 24 hours’ notice before entering the property, except in emergencies. Additionally, landlords must provide written notice of any changes to the lease agreement, including rent increases or changes to the security deposit.


If a tenant violates the terms of the lease agreement, a landlord can begin the eviction process. In Michigan, landlords must provide tenants with written notice of the eviction and the reason for the eviction. If the tenant does not vacate the property, the landlord can file a lawsuit in court.

Fair Housing Laws

Michigan landlords must comply with federal and state fair housing laws. These laws prohibit discrimination against tenants based on race, religion, national origin, sex, disability, and familial status. Landlords must treat all tenants equally and cannot refuse to rent to someone based on a protected characteristic.


In conclusion, understanding Michigan landlord-tenant laws is crucial for landlords to avoid legal problems and ensure a positive landlord-tenant relationship. This guide provides a brief overview of some of the essential laws that every Michigan landlord should know. However, it’s always best to consult with a qualified attorney to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

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