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The POWER of Language in a Lease

Landlords and Property Managers often deal with questions when it comes to payment of utilities. Who is ultimately responsible for them? How should they be treated in the lease agreement? What happens if a Tenant fails to transfer or maintain the utilities? Ensuring that the lease agreement includes provisions regarding utilities can go a long […]

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2017 Year-End Report

2017 has been a very exciting year for landlord-tenant law. Check out Paletz Law’s Year-End Report and have Happy Holiday Season!

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“Will You Swear To Tell The Truth?”: 5 Tips For Being A Witness In Court

Attending court as a witness can be an anxious experience for a non-attorney. For property managers and others who work in the industry, most courts at some point require the testimony of a witness in order to proceed with a landlord-tenant case. Most commonly, because the property manager is most familiar with the tenancy at […]

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Tips for Landlords to Weather the Storm of Natural Disasters

Considering the recent disasters in Texas and Florida caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we are reminded how important it is to be prepared for the potential impact on your rental properties and your tenants. Nobody can predict the future but there are precautions that landlords and property owners can take to mitigate the effects […]

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Frequency of Discrimination Complaints Based Upon Disability

Matthew I. Paletz was published in this month’s e-News for the Real Property Law Section for the State Bar of Michigan. In the article, he discusses the proliferation of Fair Housing claims based on disability. According to the National Fair Housing Alliance, approximately 55% of fair housing complaints are based on disability. NFHA Fair Housing […]

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Breaking Up – It Doesn’t Have To Be Hard To Do (If You Use The Right Notice)

Landlords and tenants are in a relationship – not only contractually through the lease agreement but one also governed by the laws of each particular state. In this relationship, landlords provide the housing and tenants pay the rent. Sounds simple enough, but what happens when it goes bad and it’s time to break up? For […]

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Residential Occupancy Limits & Fair Housing

John M. Mione, the Firm’s Director of Operations and Senior Attorney was published in this month’s e-News for the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. In the article, he examines the vanishing of the “Two Heartbeats Per Bedroom” rule and how fair housing laws are impacting residential occupancy limits. Allegations of discrimination often arise out of […]

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Credit Cards: Charging Into the Future of Rental Payments?

Electronic payments are used for many transactions in modern day life. It seems obvious then, that credit cards could also be used to pay rent. There is a growing trend of landlords considering accepting rent payments via credit card and some are even investing in software that allows tenants to pay online. Others are contemplating […]

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