A Michigan residential lease agreement is a legally binding contract that outlines all lease terms a landlord and tenant agree to when renting residential property.
All states are required by Federal and state law to contain specific provisions in Michigan rental and Lease Agreements, including:
- The names and contact information of the landlord and tenant,
- The address of the property,
- Disclosures and information regarding health and safety hazards,
- Pet provisions and prohibitions
- Lease term (e.g., 12 months)
- When to pay rent (due date) and the amount of rent (for the month’s rent)
- Security deposit specifics
- Any grace period for late monthly payment
- Late Fees
However, states will often differ on some crucial issues, so familiarize yourself with Michigan’s rental laws and regulations to better protect your rights and save yourself from potential future hassle or even a lawsuit.
Other Michigan lease agreements and real estate documents you might be interested in are:
- Michigan Sublease Agreement – Used by a tenant to rent out all or part of the rental property to a new tenant (subtenant).
- Room Rental Agreement – A tenant uses this form to legally rent a room in the original dwelling unit to a new subtenant.
- Michigan Eviction Notice – Used by a property owner to start the eviction process with a current tenant.
- Michigan Rental Application – A landlord uses this document to screen potential tenants including running a credit check and background check.
Michigan Landlord-Tenant Laws
Michigan state law imposes specific and distinct landlord-tenant requirements when entering a legal contract like a rental agreement. For example, Chapter 554 of the Michigan Compiled Laws provides the following.
- State law says a landlord cannot charge a tenant more than one and a half (1.5) of the monthly rent for a security deposit (Michigan Compiled Laws § 554.602).
- If there is damage to the rental unit, an itemized list of the damages along with the difference between the damages claimed and the security deposit must be returned to the tenant within thirty (30) days of the termination or end of the lease (Michigan Compiled Laws § 554.609).
- If a landlord requires a security deposit, the tenant must receive written notice of the landlord’s name and address, the name of the financial institution or surety holding the deposit, and the tenant is obligated to provide the landlord with a forwarding address upon move-out. (Michigan Compiled Laws § 554.603)
Landlord Right of Entry
It is always recommended that a landlord give prior notice to a tenant before entering the premises, however, Michigan law does not require it (no statute).
How to Write a Lease/Rental Agreement
Follow the steps below to write a residential lease agreement in Michigan.
Step 1 – Fill Out the Date of Agreement
Write the date of the Lease/Rental Agreement.
Step 2 – Enter the Parties’ Information
Provide the name and address of the parties that are signing the agreement. First is the landlord or management company and their current address. Then write in all tenants and their current address.
Step 3 – Describe the Property
Describe the type of rental property such as an apartment or house and provide the full street address of the rental property.
Step 4 – Enter the Term of the Lease
Write the term (length) of the lease in months and enter the beginning and end dates of the lease. If the lease is month-to-month, provide the start date of the lease.
Step 5 – Enter Rent Details
Provide the monthly rental amount, the date the rent is due each month and the acceptable payment method(s). Any late fees or grace period for late payment of rent can be added.
Step 6 – Enter Security Deposit Amount
Write the amount of the security deposit the landlord will collect from the tenant, typically done at the beginning of the lease.
Step 7 – Additional Provisions
Provide additional and optional provisions such as regarding the use of a guarantor, payment of utilities, maintenance and repairs, alterations, or allowance or prohibition of pets, smoking, or sublease.
Step 8 – Signatures
The landlord and tenant(s) will sign and date the lease agreement.
Michigan Residential Lease Agreement Example
The sample lease agreement below describes a rental contract between “Landlord” Vivian Wong and “Tenant” Nick Dennings. The tenant agrees to rent a condominium in Detroit for $900.00 per month for a fixed term beginning on June 19, 2017 and ending on December 19, 2017. The tenant agrees to pay for all utilities and services for the Premises.
This is a good example of a simple lease agreement’s provisions and how one should look in its final form.
Michigan Lease Agreement Sample
Use the free form below to document your tenant’s legally binding lease agreement. Also, review the form to understand what a typical Michigan rental agreement looks like.
Alternatively, use our document builder to easily create a customized Michigan lease agreement.