The Paletz Law Blog

Michigan Landlords Continue to be the Targets of Tenant Advocacy Groups and Lansing   

“At our best, that’s what we are—a home of opportunity for people seeking a great life at a good cost of living… there just aren’t enough homes for growing families. Detroiters see higher rates when they re-sign.  In other words, the rent is too damn high and we don’t have enough damn housing! “ Governor […]

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Paletz Law: Looking Ahead

As was the case in 2023, decisions by the Federal Reserve will determine a lot of the economic health of the housing industry in 2024.  From new multi-family builds to refinancing, mortgage rates and housing availability, the Fed still hovers over the economic performance of the U.S. –  Oh by the way, it’s an election […]

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Defending Your Rights in 2023

Last year, Paletz Law’s deep bench of 13 attorneys, making it one of the largest landlord-tenant firms in Michigan, continued to make gains in aggressively protecting the rights of our clients, including: Obtaining multiple favorable court decisions  Successfully defending multiple fair housing claims Protecting the rights of our clients when tenants filed for bankruptcy Obtaining […]

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Massive Donation: Another Cause for Landlord Concern in Michigan

Advocacy groups that seek to protect people’s rights are a good thing. It’s when their activism becomes adversarial and intentionally or unintentionally infringes on the rights of others that it’s cause for alarm.  In the past few years, a growing number of tenant advocacy groups have made it more complicated for Michigan landlords to provide […]

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There Could be a Convicted Criminal Renting Your Property and Some in Lansing Think That’s Okay

Over the past few years, there’s been a movement to gut the criteria that a landlord relies on to screen a potential tenant. Criminal background checks for years have been a staple used by property owners as a reliable and necessary tool in the tenant screening process. But some housing advocates are even suggesting eliminating […]

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Just in time for Halloween, Bad Michigan Housing Policies Are Contributing to ‘Ghost’ Apartments and ‘Zombie’ Mobile Homes

When you combine two-plus years of eviction moratoriums, an inflationary economy that is causing financial harm to tenants, increased government regulation, and skyrocketing interest and insurance rates together, you get a formula scarier to our housing sector than any costumed teenager coming to your door for candy – “Ghost rentals.” And not unlike that spooky […]

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Taking Away Private Property Rights is Not a Solution for Michigan’s Homelessness Dilemma

In an April 29, 2023, Detroit Free Press editorial, tenant advocates wrote that Housing Choice Vouchers, a government program, should be expanded in Michigan. Their premise is that multiple bills now being considered by the Michigan Legislature “could be a game changer for struggling families in Michigan.” These bills, however, would force rental housing providers/landlords to […]

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2022 Year End Report

Thank you all once again for your support of our Firm. We value the relationships, both old and new, we have continued to cultivate this past year. Read our 2022 year-end report here.

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