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Landlord-Tenant Law 2017-09-18T21:22:31+00:00

554.139 Lease or license of residential premises; covenants; modifications; liberal construction, inspection.

Sec. 39.

  1. In every lease or license of residential premises, the lessor or licensor covenants:
    1. That the premises and all common areas are fit for the use intended by the parties.
    2. To keep the premises in reasonable repair during the term of the lease or license, and to comply with the applicable health and safety laws of the state and of the local unit of government where the premises are located, except when the disrepair or violation of the applicable health or safety laws has been caused by the tenants wilful or irresponsible conduct or lack of conduct.
  2. The parties to the lease or license may modify the obligations imposed by this section where the lease or license has a current term of at least 1 year.
  3. The provisions of this section shall be liberally construed, and the privilege of a prospective lessee or licensee to inspect the premises before concluding a lease or license shall not defeat his right to have the benefit of the covenants established herein.

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Q: What lawful reason(s) must be provided for tenant eviction?
A: Here are nine reasons as listed in the Michigan Legislature’s Tenants and Landlords – A Practical Guide. These include: Nonpayment of rent; Extensive and continuing physical injury to property; Serious and continuing health hazard; Illegal drug activity on the premises and a formal police report filed (lease provision must allow for such termination); Violation of a lease provision and the lease allows for termination; Forceful entry OR peaceful entry, with forceful stay OR trespass; Holding over after natural expiration of lease term; “Just cause” for terminating tenant of mobile home park (“just cause” is defined for this purpose by MCL 600.5775); OR “Just cause” for terminating tenant of Government-subsidized housing.