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Set of Bills Proposed in Lansing Gives New Powers to Tenants

A new group of concurrent legislation designed to make life even more difficult for Michigan landlords has arrived in Lansing. Entitled the “Tenant Empowerment Package,” the proposed legislation, if passed, could prove to be another nightmare for property owners.  Introduced by District 21 State Senator Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing), this new set of bills would, among […]

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Here They Come Again: Another Package of Michigan Legislation Aims to Demand Landlords Accept Vouchers and Government Subsidies

The Michigan House of Representatives is reviving efforts to prohibit landlords with five or more units from denying prospective renters using housing vouchers or other government subsidies to pay their rent. A package of bills (Senate Bills 205, 206 and 207 and House Bills 4062 and 4063) would allow renters to file for damages and […]

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When Renting to Roommates Make Sure Your Leases Protect You

The housing crisis caused by a lack of inventory and high-interest rates is driving more and more people who, in better economic conditions, would be buying homes – to rent. This scenario has increased over the past year and entered another microeconomic stage. Depressed by inflation and a lack of housing choices, renters are increasingly […]

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Application Fraud is Rampant for Landlords and Shows No Signs of Slowing

Michigan landlords can ask for pay stubs, W-2s, bank statements, paid invoices, or job offer letters to prove income for potential tenants.  But according to a new study from the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC), those proofs of income are being falsified at a mind-numbing level. In a study released just a few weeks ago, […]

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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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