What are grounds for evicting a tenant in Michigan?

On Behalf of | May 21, 2024 | Landlord And Creditor Services

When evicting a tenant in Michigan, landlords must follow specific rules and regulations.

Understanding the grounds for eviction helps landlords and tenants know their responsibilities.

Nonpayment of rent

According to USGAO estimates, landlords evict millions of tenants each year. One common reason for eviction is nonpayment of rent. If a tenant fails to pay on time, the landlord can give them a seven-day notice to pay the overdue amount. If the tenant does not pay within this period, the landlord can start the eviction process.

Lease violations

Tenants must adhere to the terms of their lease agreements. Common lease violations include having unauthorized pets, causing excessive noise or having too many people living in the rental unit. The landlord typically gives the tenant seven days to correct the violation. If the tenant does not comply, the landlord may proceed with eviction.

Illegal activities

Engaging in illegal activities on the rental property provides grounds for eviction. This includes drug-related activities, illegal business operations or any other criminal behavior. The landlord must give the tenant a notice to quit, which allows the tenant seven days to vacate the property. Immediate eviction can occur if the illegal activity poses a serious threat to the safety of others.

Damage to property

Significant damage to the property by the tenant also justifies eviction. This includes intentional damage or neglect that results in harm to the rental unit. The landlord can issue a notice to the tenant to repair the damage or leave the property. If the tenant fails to fix the damage within seven days, the landlord can begin the eviction process.

Holding over

Holding over occurs when a tenant remains on the property after the expiration of the lease term. In this case, the landlord can issue a notice to quit, usually giving the tenant 30 days to vacate. If the tenant does not leave, the landlord can file for eviction.

Health and safety violations

Tenants must maintain the property in a way that does not violate health and safety standards. Conditions such as extreme filth, hoarding or failing to dispose of garbage properly can lead to eviction. The landlord must notify the tenant of the violation and give a reasonable time to correct it.

Tenants have an obligation to pay their rent and adhere to the lease. A landlord can file for eviction if the tenant fails to do so.