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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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The Importance of the Move-in/Move-out Checklist

For a landlord, the transition from one tenant to the next can sometimes be time consuming and expensive. It becomes especially difficult when the vacating tenant has caused damage to the unit. Although photos are the best way a landlord can document the condition of its property, as we previously advised (see our blog on […]

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Tenants and Bankruptcy: Consequences on Unexpired Leases

Bankruptcy, in general, can often be confusing and misunderstood. This is especially true for landlords because bankruptcy cases frequently involve the interplay between federal and state laws. Under state law, a lease agreement is a contract and when one party fails to honor its terms, the party is in default or breach. For instance, this […]

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Source of Income or Source of Concern?

Matthew I. Paletz, CEO, was published in this month’s edition of MH Insider Magazine. In the article, he details the rapid growth of “source of income” fair housing protection. See the original article on pages 88-90 in MH insider here. The world of manufactured housing continues to reinvent itself. Over the years, the traditional tenant-owned […]

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How to Avoid the Deep End of Fair Housing

Summer appears to finally be here in Michigan (fingers crossed). For many of us, that means hot dogs on the grill, the beach, and children playing outdoors. For landlords, summertime often means that amenities at the property, such as fitness centers, playgrounds, and most commonly pools, will see more activity. Consequently, considering the ever-shifting fair […]

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Recovering Debt After Tenancy: Navigating the Collection Process

We at Paletz Law take a collection attorney’s mentality when practicing landlord/tenant law. This provides our clients with a more comprehensive approach to dealing with renters during the entire tenancy process. This starts at the application phase, where in order to enhance a landlord’s chance of recovery at the end of a tenancy, it is […]

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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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