Michigan 30 Day Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: March 28, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

A Michigan 30 Day Notice To Vacate is a letter that complies with state legal requirements to terminate a rental agreement, including a month-to-month or year-to-year lease. The non-terminating party must receive notice at least thirty (30) calendar days before the date of termination.

When To Use a Michigan 30 Day Notice To Vacate

A Michigan 30 Day Notice To Vacate terminates the following types of tenancy:

  • A rental agreement, including a month-to-month or year-to-year lease
  • An expired lease
  • A rental with no written lease

Some types of Michigan lease termination notice may allow different reasons for termination, or different notice periods. This may also apply to an eviction notice issued because of a lease or legal violation.

How To Write a Michigan 30 Day Notice To Vacate

To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To Vacate:

  1. Use the full name of the receiving parties, and address of record, if known
  2. Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
  3. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
  4. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
  5. Print name and sign the notice
  6. Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery, along with printed name and signature

It is easy to lose an otherwise justified legal action because of improper notice. Check carefully to ensure enough time after notice is delivered, not when it’s sent.

How To Serve a Michigan 30 Day Notice To Vacate

Michigan law is not specific on requirements for delivery of a written Notice To Vacate, so in most cases landlords and tenants may use any method which results in the actual notification of the other party. Mailed notice is preferred in most cases. The following methods, taken from Michigan’s eviction process, represent the legal gold standard:

  1. Hand delivery to the other party
  2. Hand delivery to a family member (tenant) or employee (landlord) of suitable age and discretion who can accept the notice on behalf of the other party
  3. Delivery by first class mail
  4. Delivery by electronic means (e.g. email), if both parties have agreed in writing to use that particular form of electronic service

Mailed notice does not begin counting toward a notice period until the next day after mailing that mail is delivered. Electronic notice is begins counting toward a notice period when the receiving party responds to the message.

In almost all cases, notice is legally served when it is received by the other party, NOT when it’s sent. Check specified date of termination carefully to ensure compliance with the legal requirements for a notice period.