Michigan Residential Lease Termination Notice

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Purpose. A Michigan lease termination letter (“Notice to Vacate”) is a required document to end month-to-month lease agreements in Michigan. State law requires giving at least 30 days notice for termination. However, state law does not require notice to be given to end fixed term lease agreements on their end date.

Read further to learn more about notice requirements and the residential lease termination process in Michigan.

Michigan Notice Requirements for Lease Termination by Tenant

  • When a tenant wishes to end a month-to-month rental agreement, they will need to provide the landlord with a 30-day notice.
  • With a fixed-term lease, the tenant will need to provide at least a 30-day notice if they plan on breaking the terms of the lease early.
  • With a week-to-week lease, the tenant will need to provide a notice of at least seven days before they vacate the unit.
  • If the tenant has a year-to-year lease with no set end date, they will need to give a notice of a year when they are planning to vacate according to §§ 554.134(3).

Legally Terminating a Lease Early in Michigan

  • If the tenant is starting active military duty, the lease will end 30 days after the notice is provided.
  • If the tenant or their children are victims of domestic violence, the lease can be terminated without repercussions.
  • According to Mich. Comp. Laws § 554.601a, a tenant that is no longer capable of living alone can terminate the agreement with a 60-day notice.
  • If the rental unit is considered unsafe or inhabitable, the tenant can vacate and break the lease. 
  • If the landlord has harassed the tenant or violated their privacy, the obligation to pay rent can be ended.