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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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The Current State of Criminal Screening

Ardent readers of the Paletz Law blog know that landlords need to be compliant with the Fair Housing Act[1], which prohibits discrimination against race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, and disability. Also, states and local municipalities may have additional protected classes, such as age and marital status in Michigan and military status and […]

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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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