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A Landlord’s Pictures Can Be Worth a Tenant’s Thousand Words

The old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” is applicable to many situations, including the relationship between a landlord and tenant. The importance of a landlord keeping photographic records of their property cannot be understated, as these photos can often assist in resolving tenant disputes. Inherent in the landlord and tenant relationship is […]

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The Tenant Escrowed Their Rent – NOW WHAT?

A Forcible Entry and Detainer action for eviction in Ohio is supposed to be relatively straightforward. When the landlord has been keeping the rental premises in proper repair and the tenant has failed to pay their rent, the next step would be to issue a 3-Day Notice. If the tenant still fails to pay their […]

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Baby Boom Meets Senior Housing Boom

It’s no secret the average age of Americans is increasing[1] and many baby boomers may be in the market for housing that accommodates their needs while still allowing for independence. Recognizing this trend, enterprising property owners have been looking for ways to cater to this growing market. Senior housing providers are actually permitted an exemption […]

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What To Do If Your Tenant Has Crossed The Line

In Michigan, actions to terminate tenancy usually need to be based on breach of the terms of the lease agreement or the rules and regulations. These actions typically require a 30 Day Notice before suit can be filed. However, there are some exceptions that have been carved out by the Michigan Legislature when the need […]

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Crisis Management In The Social Media Era

Contrary to popular belief, a crisis is not when your NCAA bracket gets obliterated in the first weekend. Rather, the dictionary defines it as “a time of intense difficulty, trouble or danger when a difficult decision must be made.” In property management, examples of this include infrastructure failures, fire damages, criminal incidents or pest infestations. […]

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Manufactured Housing In Michigan: “Just Cause” vs “Non-Renewal”

As many in the industry know, an at will or by sufferance tenancy a/k/a month-to-month tenancy may be terminated by either the landlord or tenant. Typically, for residential housing, the initiating party must provide notice equivalent to one month or another time period controlled by the lease.[1] Issuance of a termination notice by the landlord […]

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What Michigan Landlords Need to Know About the New Rental Inspection Legislation

Until recently, municipalities had broad authority under Michigan law to inspect rental properties for compliance with local ordinances and state law. This often resulted in municipal overreach in the frequency and cost of inspections and was especially evident during and after the Great Recession. Landlords have now been given more options with respect to how […]

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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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