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CDC Orders Temporary Halt of Evictions: What Landlords Need to Know

When one thinks of housing governmental regulatory agencies, it is doubtful that the first one that comes to mind is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Effective September 4, 2020, the CDC issued an Order titled “Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19”[1]. This highly questionable Order, which […]

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Governor Whitmer and Supreme Court Push Family-owned Landlords into a Financial Abyss

An abridged version of this article was featured in the Detroit News on June 19, 2020 and can be read here.  The government overreach of the COVID-19 crisis continues to plague Michigan businesses. Governor Whitmer keeps extending the moratorium on residential evictions (now through July 15) with the stated intention of protecting renters struggling from […]

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Landlords Caught in the COVID-19 Crossfire

In our continuing efforts to provide a voice on behalf of our property owner clients and their rights during the COVID-19 pandemic, CEO Matthew I. Paletz was published in Crain’s Detroit Business to express the need for the State of MI to refrain from further action that would infringe upon the rights of landlords. The original publication can be […]

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Collecting Rent During the Coronavirus Pandemic

As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on our society, landlords across the country are doing their part to work with their tenants while both parties struggle with economic hardship and financial uncertainty. It is during these turbulent times that we need to continue communicating with one another to find satisfactory solutions while understanding that the […]

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COVID-19: Resources for Housing Providers

These are truly unprecedented times. There is so much uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic and so many questions being asked by housing providers. These range from tenant outreach plans and future payment strategies to status of lender forbearances and employment considerations. Consolidation of legal to ensure clear dissemination of information is paramount. Now more than […]

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HUD Issues New Guidance on Requests for Assistance Animals

On January 28, 2020 the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued new guidelines on requests for assistance animals and how they relate to the obligations of housing providers.[1] These are intended to replace the 2013 guidelines. These types of requests are known as “reasonable accommodations” and are made by tenants who state they […]

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2019 Year-End Report

INDUSTRY NEWS Michigan Proposal 1: As we noted last year, Proposal 1 passed in the fall of 2018 which permits the recreational use of marijuana throughout the state. The sale of marijuana recently took effect on December 1st, so properties may run across more tenants seeking to use marijuana regularly. Our blog earlier this year […]

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Michigan Legislature Revisits Emotional Support Animals

Forrest M. Wall, CAE is the Vice President of Government Affairs & Industry Relations for the Home Builders Association of SE Michigan/Apartment Association of Michigan, located in Bingham Farms. Paletz Law is a proud member and like Forrest, a staunch advocate of the apartment management industry. For our blog this month, we invited Forrest to […]

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