Rent Increases & Fees in Michigan

Rent Increases & Fees in Michigan

Last Updated: April 29, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

In Michigan, the regulation of rent is primarily governed by MI Comp L § 123.411. This state prohibits rent control. The law bans rent control throughout the state, allowing all landlords to set rent and increase it with proper notice.

Quick Facts
Rent Control None
Minimum Notice for Rent Increases No Statute
Max. Late Fee No Statute
Max. Bounced Check Fee $25 (7 days late) or $35 (30 days late)

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent in Michigan?

A Michigan landlord must follow the conditions established in the written lease. Therefore, a landlord may not increase rent during the course of a fixed-term lease, unless this is included in the lease itself.

A landlord may increase rent when there is no written lease or during a periodic tenancy (i.e., month-to-month lease, week-to-week lease, etc.), by providing the tenant with the appropriate amount of notice.

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When Is It Illegal to Raise Rent in Michigan?

It is illegal for a landlord to raise rent in retribution for a tenant’s filing a claim regarding the health and safety of the property or for joining a tenant’s group (Michigan Legislation Regarding Retribution).

According to the Federal Fair Housing Act, it is illegal for a landlord to raise rent based on the age, race, religion, nation or origin, familial status, or disability status of a tenant.

Is There a Rent Increase Limit in Michigan?

Michigan does not legislate the amount a landlord can increase a tenant’s rent.

How Much Notice Is Needed for Raising Rent in Michigan?

There is no state statute on the amount of notice a landlord must provide to a tenant when raising rent. However, it is customary for a Michigan landlord to provide at least a 30-Day Notice before he/she may expect the increased rent. (Mich. Comp Law 55-134)

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How Often Can Rent Be Increased in Michigan?

Michigan does not limit the frequency of rent increases.

Laws Regarding Late Fees in Michigan

Michigan has no laws regarding late fees, but the landlord should include any rules in the written lease.

Laws Regarding Bounced Check Fees in Michigan

A Michigan landlord may charge a tenant $25 if payment is not made in full within 7 days or $35 if payment is not made in full within 30 days. (Mich. Comp Law 600.2952).

Michigan Cities With Rent Control

Michigan law indicates that local municipalities may not “enact, maintain, or enforce,” any ordinance intended to impact the amount of rent a landlord may charge for leasing private residential property (Mich. Law 123.411).