Michigan Landlord-Tenant Law: Summary Proceeding Act

In Michigan, we have an accelerated process called the Summary Proceedings Act which allows Landlords to move their cases along through the court-system in a quicker manner when they are seeking to evict a tenant.

Self-help, i.e., a landlord changing the locks on a tenant to force them to move out, is strongly discouraged. Instead, to reclaim possession of a rental, landlords should seek a court-order and judgment prior to evicting a tenant unless they are fairly certain the tenant has already moved out.

The Michigan Legislature created a special procedure called the Summary Proceedings Act, MCL 600.5701 et. al. to allow parties an opportunity to resolve disputes, exclusively in the local district/municipal courts, see MCL 600.5704, over leases. This act also provides District Judges with the authority to provide relief which, outside of this act, they may not be able to provide. For both landlords and tenants, it is helpful to have an attorney who understands the local rules and regulations as well as the state laws.

We offer assistance with:
• Evictions
• Anti-lockout Violations
• Security Deposit Disputes
• Money Judgments
• Representation of both Landlords and Tenants
• Section 8 Housing Benefits
• Mobile/Modular Home Issues
• Commercial and Residential Leases/Litigation

We assist a variety of different clients, ranging from large corporate landlords to individual home-owners. Let our experienced attorneys assist you with your real-estate needs. For a free initial consultation, please call (517) 507-5077.

For more information on Notices to quit/terminate tenancy, a key form required to be provided to a vast majority of tenants prior to commencing eviction proceedings, click here.

For information on the differences between month-to-month versus fixed term leases, please click here.