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For a month to month lease, it is very easy for your landlord to terminate the lease. In most situations all your landlord needs to do is simply give you notice and no particular reason is necessaryn(although acting on discriminatory or retaliatory motives is illegal). Again, a landlord can simply give you a written notice to move, allowing one month notice as required by Michigan law and specifying the date on which your tenancy will end.
Your landlord may legally provide less notice if you have not paid rent, if you have violated other terms of your rental agreement (for example,bringing in an unauthorized tenant), or if you have violated basic responsibilities imposed by law (such as by dealing drugs on the rental property). See below for Michigan Statute.
The notice given by your landlord is insufficient if it was done orally as Michigan law requires a written notice to quit. All written notices must contain the following information:
(1) Address of the rental property (2) Name of the tenant (3) Reason for the eviction (4) Time for compliance (5) Date of the notice (this is not necessary for a month to month notice to end tenancy) (5) Signature of the landlord.
A notice can be served personally on the tenant or on a member of the tenant’s household who is of suitable age and who must be advised to deliver the notice to the tenant; or by first class mail to the tenant. If mailed, the notice period begins the day after the notice is mailed, excluding weekends and holidays.
554.134 Termination of estate at will or by sufferance or tenancy from year to year.
(1) Except as provided otherwise in this section, an estate at will or by sufferance may be terminated by either party by giving 1 month's notice to the other party. If the rent reserved in a lease is payable at periods of less than 3 months, the time of notice is sufficient if it is equal to the interval between the times of payment. Notice is not void because it states a day for the termination of the tenancy that does not correspond to the conclusion or commencement of a rental period. The notice terminates the tenancy at the end of a period equal in length to the interval between times of payment.
(2) If a tenant neglects or refuses to pay rent on a lease at will or otherwise, the landlord may terminate the tenancy by giving the tenant a written 7-day notice to quit.
(3) A tenancy from year to year may be terminated by either party by a notice to quit, given at any time to the other party. The notice shall terminate the lease at the expiration of 1 year from the time of the service of the notice.
(4) If a tenant holds over after a lease is terminated pursuant to a clause in the lease providing for termination because the tenant, a member of the tenant's household, or other person under the tenant's control has manufactured, delivered, possessed with intent to deliver, or possessed a controlled substance on the leased premises, the landlord may terminate the tenancy by giving the tenant a written 24-hour notice to quit. This subsection applies only if a formal police report has been filed alleging that the person has unlawfully manufactured, delivered, possessed with intent to deliver, or possessed a controlled substance on the leased premises. For purposes of this subsection, "controlled substance" means a substance or a counterfeit substance classified in schedule 1, 2, or 3 pursuant to sections 7211 to 7216 of the public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL(###) ###-####to(###) ###-####
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