The Paletz Law Blog

A Growing Concern: What Michigan Landlords Need to Know About Recreational Marihuana

Michigan Proposal 1, which sought approval for the recreational use of marihuana (Michigan spells it with an “h” instead of a “j”), passed in the November 2018 election. The impact of this is still being evaluated amongst several industries, including property management. Whereas marihuana was once viewed primarily as a counterculture vice, it is now […]

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“We Need to Talk . . .”

As we’ve said many times before, landlords and tenants are in a relationship and the key to any good relationship is communication. Sometimes initiating a simple conversation can alleviate confusion, resolve disputes, and go a long way in fostering a good tone for the tenancy. However, the ways we communicate as a society are evolving […]

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Tenants and Bankruptcy: Lifting the Stay

As a continuation of our Blog series about Tenants and Bankruptcy (see The Basics, remember that the main constant in Bankruptcy filings is the Automatic Stay. The legal definition of a Stay is the postponement or halting of a judicial proceeding. The reason why a Stay automatically takes effect in Bankruptcy is to initially […]

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We’re Already ADA Compliant, Isn’t That Enough?

The Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”) is a Federal civil rights law enacted in 1990, which provides protection to disabled individuals in public accommodations, employment, and other areas.[1] Since the ADA’s inception, construction affecting rental housing has taken its requirements into account. From a landlord’s perspective, this generally applies to areas open to the public, […]

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2018 Year-End Report

2018 was a fast-paced year for the real estate industry full of activity. See our 2018 Year-End Report to read more about some of the news from a legal perspective.

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Tenants and Bankruptcy: The Basics

You’ve likely seen several commercials, billboards, and other advertisements by attorneys promoting their services to individuals seeking to file bankruptcy. However, when a tenant files bankruptcy, what are the landlord’s responsibilities and remedies? Because a tenant cannot select which debts they include in their bankruptcy petition, any debts owed to a landlord by a tenant […]

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The Changing Definition of Sex Discrimination Under the Fair Housing Act

The past few years have seen issues relating to sex under close examination in society. Most frequently, as they relate to the entertainment, political and media industries. Regardless of your political, religious or ideological perspective, it is important for landlords and property managers to understand the current state of housing laws and how they too […]

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If It’s Not In Writing, It Didn’t Happen

Last month’s Paletz Law blog was about the value of a landlord taking pictures to document damages caused by a tenant. Another similar property management practice tip is to make sure you keep a written record of a tenant’s actions while they’re renting from you. If an issue ultimately needs to be litigated, you can […]

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