Michigan Required Landlord Disclosures
Learn about the disclosures that landlords in Michigan must provide tenants, usually in the lease or rental agreement.
Michigan requires landlords to make the following disclosures to tenants
Move-in checklist. Landlord must provide tenant with move-in checklist. However, the requirement does not need to be stated in the lease. (Mich. Comp. Laws § 554.608)
Owner or agent identity. A rental agreement must include the name and address at which notice can be given to the landlord. (Mich. Comp. Laws §554.634)
Truth in Renting Act. A rental agreement must also state in a prominent place in type not smaller than the size of 12-point type, or in legible print with letters not smaller than 1/8 inch, a notice in substantially the following form:"NOTICE: Michigan law establishes rights and obligations for parties to rental agreements. This agreement is required to comply with the Truth in Renting Act. If you have a question about the interpretation or legality of a provision of this agreement, you may want to seek assistance from a lawyer or other qualified person." (Mich. Comp. Laws §554.634)
Rights of domestic violence victims. A rental agreement or lease may contain a provision stating, "A tenant who has a reasonable apprehension of present danger to him or her or his or her child from domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking may have special statutory rights to seek a release of rental obligation under MCL 554.601b." If the rental agreement or lease does not contain such a provision, the landlord must post an identical written notice visible to a reasonable person in the landlord's property management office, or deliver written notice to the tenant when the lease or rental agreement is signed. (Mich. Comp. Laws §554.601b)
Security deposit. Within 14 days of tenant’s taking possession of the rental, landlord must furnish in writing the landlord’s name and address for receipt of communications, the name and address of the financial institution or surety where the deposit will be held, and the tenant’s obligation to provide in writing a forwarding mailing address to the landlord within 4 days after termination of occupancy. The notice shall include the following statement in 12-point boldface type that is at least 4 points larger than the body of the notice or lease agreement: “You must notify your landlord in writing within 4 days after you move of a forwarding address where you can be reached and where you will receive mail; otherwise your landlord shall be relieved of sending you an itemized list of damages and the penalties adherent to that failure.” (Mich. Comp. Laws §§ 554.602 to 554.616)
Nonrefundable fees. All nonrefundable fees or deposits must be stated in writing. Lease must explain fees that are required and the purposes for which they are required. (Stutelberg v. Practical Management Co., 245 N.W.2d 737 (1976))
Check the Michigan statute (Mich. Comp. Laws §§ 554.601b, 554.608, 554.634, 554.602 to 554.616) for details on these disclosures. See the Laws and Legal Research section of Nolo for advice on finding and reading statutes and court decisions.
Also, check your local ordinance for any city or county disclosure requirements. To find yours, check your city or county website (many are listed on State and Local Government on the Net), or contact the office of your mayor, city manager, or county administrator.
Finally, see the Required Landlord Disclosures article for details on federally-required landlord disclosures and other information on disclosures about the rental property.