1. Lora Callender says:

    I am a tenant in Mich, who goes by a month to month lease, my landlord has refused to follow up on repairs I have reminded him abt and 11/14 he served me with eviction. Been here 22 yrs.and never been late with rent. Outside broken sump drain was broken, took from 8/21/23 to 11/14/23 for him to get it fixed because Sewer Co.was to busy, Twp. Bldg.Inspector was called by me. Water seeped up thru cracks in basement all this time,and he would not see it was taken care of. He told me to get someone to help as he was not going to. He is retaliating against me because I told him he needs to get an Electrician in here,and finish taking care of a problem from 2 yrs ago,and replace kitchen faucet that keeps dripping. I have seen an Atty.here but he says my landlord can put me out. He invades my privacy and shows up here without notice many times. He constantly accuses me and other tenants next door, in our duplex of breaking things or doing something to it to make it not work. This bldg.was built in the early 60’s, still has original things, like windows I have to stuff with towels to keep cold air out in winter when wind blows 30-60mph. He had to replace original toilet a little over 2 yrs ago and accused us of breaking it. The man who works for him,said it was cracked,the guts were all rusted out and broke,and floor board was wet from leaking. On July 8/23 he replaced 15 yr old hot water heater accused me of doing something to it,so it would go out. I am a woman alone,and would not know how to do that.The thermostat burned out,his guy told me.It was a cheap brand and he could not get a part for it. So his guy said he had to buy a new one. He never buys anything unless it is cheap,and expects it to last a lifetime. He causes me undue distress,and anguish. My Atty says there is not much I can do but move. But I read that he can be sued for this. I am not able to pay more than $860 in rent,as I live on a small income and have no where to get money to pay what they demand now since Covid, by the time I pay my bills. He has increased my rent 3 times,in June,and Sept of 22 and again in 1/23. Took more than I got in raises on my checks in 1/23.
    I am at my wits end and having blood pressure problems due to it. Since I have lived here he has never painted or replaced 27 yr.old carpet. When I asked him one day,if he was going to replace carpet at least in dining/liv.room. He told me if I was nicer I would get more. When he gets nasty with me,I tell him off. He disrespects me. I have no where to turn to get moved and it takes time to try and rent somewhere else, and pay fees to apply and then if they don’t accept you,you are out all these fees. I have never been evicted before. I am only on a 30 day notice but my Atty said he would call him,to see if he would let me stay. If not I am homeless and no where to take my household goods.

  2. I’m sorry to hear about the challenges you’re facing, Lora. It sounds like a very difficult situation. While I can provide general advice, please remember that specific legal counsel from a licensed attorney in your area is crucial, as they can offer guidance tailored to your situation and local laws.

    Here are some steps and considerations that might help:

    Maintenance and Repairs: Your landlord is legally required to maintain the rental property in a habitable condition. This includes addressing significant issues like plumbing, heating, and structural safety. Since these repairs have been delayed or ignored, you have grounds to request urgent action. Document all the issues and your requests for repairs. Send these requests in writing (keep copies for yourself) and if possible, send them via certified mail or email to establish a record.

    Retaliation: If you believe your landlord is retaliating against you for requesting repairs or exercising your rights, this is a serious concern. Retaliation by a landlord can include unjustified eviction, rent increases, or reduced services. In many places, tenant protection laws specifically prohibit this kind of behavior. Document instances that you believe are retaliatory, especially if they followed soon after you made complaints or requests for repairs.

    Rent Increases: Check Michigan’s state laws regarding rent increases. While landlords generally have the right to increase rent, they must provide proper notice (usually 30 days). If you’re on a month-to-month arrangement, this notice period is typically required. If the increases seem discriminatory or retaliatory, note this in your records.

    Privacy and Entry: Landlords must provide reasonable notice (usually 24 hours) before entering your unit, except in emergencies. If your landlord is entering your home without notice, this is a violation of your privacy rights. Document every instance this happens.

    Eviction Process: Even without a formal lease, you’re entitled to a proper eviction process. This usually involves receiving a formal eviction notice and having the opportunity to respond or remedy the situation. If you’re taken to court, the judge will review your case. This is where your documentation could be crucial.

    Seek Legal Assistance Again: Given the complexity of your situation, it’s advisable to seek legal assistance again. A different attorney or a local legal aid organization might offer another perspective or additional options.

    Local Tenant Advocacy Groups: Reach out to local tenant advocacy groups for support and advice. They can often provide guidance specific to your situation and may know the local laws and resources better.

    Housing Assistance Programs: Look into local housing assistance programs. They might offer support in finding and moving to affordable housing, or even intervening in disputes with landlords.

    Health and Safety Concerns: If there are serious health or safety issues in your home, you can contact your local health or building inspector. They can sometimes issue citations to landlords who fail to maintain their properties, which can be a powerful motivator for them to make repairs.

    Document Financial Strain: Keep records of how the rent increases and the state of the property are affecting your finances and well-being. This information can be useful in legal proceedings or negotiations.

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