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What is a Michigan Month-to-Month Lease?
A month-to-month rental agreement is one that is designed to be more flexible than a fixed-term lease. It is ideal for individuals who may not be sure how long they need housing in the area or for someone who is looking for housing while their new home is being built. The idea of a month-to-month lease is that the terms of the lease expire at the end of each month, and they renew again on the first of the month if both parties would like to continue with the arrangement. The tenant will have the flexibility that they need without having to worry about breaking a lease, and the landlord will be able to raise the rent with ease and remove a troublesome tenant without a long eviction process.
Michigan Notice Requirements for Month-to-Month Lease Termination
When the landlord wishes for the tenant to vacate the property, they will need to provide a notice of one month. A tenant who wishes to vacate the unit will also need to provide a notice to the landlord for at least 30 days. This will allow the tenant enough time to find a new location to live, and it will give the landlord plenty of time to find a new tenant for the unit when it is vacant.
Raising Rent in Michigan
When a landlord wishes to raise the rent in a unit, with a month-to-month rental, there are no laws that will limit their ability to do so. They can raise the rent as often as they would like by as much as they prefer because the state of Michigan does not have a statue to limit any changes in the terms of this type of lease. There is also no statute that states that the landlord must provide notice to the tenant before raising the rent, so they can do it with very little notice if they chose to do so.
Required Disclosures in Michigan
Each state’s landlord-tenant laws have different requirements for what needs to be disclosed in a residential lease agreement. Michigan is no different. There are 3 things you NEED to have included.
Truth in Renting Act
In Michigan, landlords are required to include a notice about the Truth in Renting Act in their lease agreements. The notice must state:
NOTICE.Michigan law establishes rights and obligations for parties to rental agreements. This agreement is required to comply with the Truth in Renting Act. If you have a question about the interpretation or legality of a provision of this agreement, you may want to seek assistance from a lawyer or other qualified person.” This notice must be no smaller than size 12-point type, or be in legible print with letters not smaller than 1/8 inch (Mich. Comp. Laws §554.634).
Rights of Domestic Violece Victims
Michigan landlords must have a provision in their lease agreements stating the following:
A tenant who has a reasonable apprehension of present danger to him or her or his or her child from domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking may have special statutory rights to seek a release of rental obligation under MCL 554.601b.
If the rental agreement or lease doesn’t have this stated, the landlord must post the provision (in a place visible to a reasonable person) within the landlord’s property management office, leasing center, lobby, etc., or the written statement must be delivered to the tenant when the residential lease agreement is signed.