Michigan Eviction Notice Forms

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A Michigan eviction notice form for nonpayment of rent is a written document that states a tenant has 7 days to vacate the premises. Additionally, there are other notice forms for other possible grounds for eviction in Michigan.

Read further to learn about what information is required on an eviction notice for it to be valid, legally acceptable ways of delivering notices, and types of notices for all possible grounds for eviction.

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Information Required for All Michigan Notices

Under Michigan law, a landlord is expected to provide some basic information on all eviction notices, including :

  • The address/description of the rental unit
  • The reason for the eviction
  • The tenant’s name and address
  • What the tenant can do to correct the issue and avoid eviction if allowed (i.e. pay rent, comply with lease provisions, fix damage to unit caused by the tenant)
  • How much time the tenant has to correct the issue (if given that option)
  • The date and signature of the landlord/landlord’s agent/owner
  • Any amounts owed by the tenant at the time the notice is issued

The landlord will also want to get the tenant’s signature confirming that they received the eviction notice, if the notice was hand-delivered.

Acceptable Ways of Delivering Notices

In the state of Michigan, landlords can deliver an eviction notice by any of the following methods :

  • Giving it to the tenant in person
  • Giving the notice to the tenant’s family member or employee if they are of “suitable” age and discretion
  • Mailing the notice to the tenant via first class mail
  • Using electronic service (such as email) if the tenant has previously agreed to receive communications electronically

Note that using certified mail is not required under Michigan law.

Types of Eviction Notices

Each possible ground for eviction has its own process and notice requirements.

7-Day Eviction Notice for Nonpayment of Rent

A landlord is allowed to evict a tenant for failing to pay rent on time.

According to Michigan law, rent is considered late the day after it’s due; grace periods (if any) are addressed in the lease/rental agreement.

Once rent is past due, the landlord must provide a 7-Day Notice to Quit if the landlord wants to file an eviction action with the court. This notice gives the tenant the option to move out within 7 days in order to avoid eviction.

Landlords may choose to give tenants the option to pay past-due rent in full and avoid eviction, but they are not required to.

If the tenant remains on the property after the notice period expires, the landlord may proceed with the eviction process.

The Eviction Notice for Nonpayment of Rent should include the total amount of past-due rent owed.

Get the downloadable 7-Day Eviction Notice for Nonpayment of Rent form template below (.pdf direct link).

30-Day Eviction Notice for Non-Compliance

A tenant can be evicted in Michigan if they do not uphold their responsibilities under the terms of a written lease/rental agreement.

Michigan landlords are not required to allow tenants to correct a lease violation in these instances, but they must provide tenants with a 30-Day Notice to Quit, giving the tenant 30 days to move out of the rental unit in order to avoid eviction.

Typical lease violations under this category could include things like damaging the rental property, having too many people residing in the rental unit, and having a pet when there’s a no-pet policy.

Note that illegal activity and material health/safety violations are not included in this category.

If the tenant remains on the property after the notice period expires, the landlord may proceed with the eviction process.

The notice should include the reason for the eviction and if the tenant is allowed to correct the issue in order to avoid eviction.

Get the downloadable 30-Day Eviction Notice for Noncompliance form template below (.pdf direct link).

30-Day Lease Termination Notice for “At-Will” Tenants

In the state of Michigan, if tenants “hold over,” or stay in the rental unit after the rental term has expired, then the landlord must give tenants notice before evicting them. This can include tenants without a written lease and week-to-week and month-to-month tenants.

Often this type of eviction applies to tenants who are at the end of their lease and the landlord doesn’t want to renew.

Regardless of the length or type of tenancy, at-will tenants must be given 30 days to move out of the rental unit in order to avoid eviction.

If the tenant remains on the property after the notice period expires, the landlord may proceed with the eviction process.

The notice should include the date the tenancy will terminate.

Get the downloadable 30-Day Lease Termination Notice form template below (.pdf direct link).

7-Day Eviction Notice for Material Health / Safety Violation

A tenant can be evicted in Michigan if they violate a health, building, safety, or housing code. In these instances, the landlord is required to provide the tenant with a 7-Day Notice to Quit, giving the tenant 7 days to move out in order to avoid eviction.

Michigan landlords may allow tenants time to correct the issue that caused the material health/safety violation, but they’re not required to.

Examples of material health/safety violations could include letting trash pile up inside the rental unit, providing a harbor for rodents or bugs, or even things like damaging the electrical wiring in the rental unit.

If the tenant remains on the property after the notice period expires, the landlord may proceed with the eviction process.

The notice should include the reason for the eviction and whether the tenant is allowed to correct the issue in order to avoid eviction, along with how much time the tenant has to make corrections (if allowed).

Get the downloadable 7-Day Eviction Notice for Material Health / Safety Violation form template below (.pdf direct link).

7-Day Eviction Notice for Illegal Activity

The amount of written notice required for tenants involved in illegal activity depends on the type of activity.

In Michigan, illegal activity includes :

  • Possessing a controlled substance
  • Manufacturing a controlled substance
  • Delivering/possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver
  • Threat of physical harm or physical harm to another person while on the rental property

Landlords must file a formal police report for tenants involved in illegal drug activity, and must at least notify the police regarding tenants who have threatened to harm/caused harm to others on the rental property.

For tenants who are involved in illegal drug activity, landlords are required to provide 24 hours’ notice prior to beginning the eviction process.

For tenants who have threatened/caused physical injury to others on the rental property, landlords must provide 7 days’ written notice prior to beginning the eviction action.

If the tenant remains on the property after the notice period expires, the landlord may proceed with the eviction process.

The notice should include the reason for the eviction.

Get the downloadable 24-hour/7-Day Eviction Notice for Illegal Activity form template below (.pdf direct link).