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.
RESIDENTIAL RENTAL AGREEMENT (MICHIGAN)
THIS AGREEMENT made effective as of the _____ day of ______________, _______ by and between:
[NAME OF LANDLORD or LANDLORD’S AGENT] (the “Landlord” [or if agent, the “Agent])
[address of Landlord or Agent]
- and -
[NAME(S) OF TENANT(S) - all adult tenants should be named] (the “Tenant”)
The Landlord does hereby lease to the Tenant the Premises located at _________________ [insert street
address of the Premises], in the City of _______, State of Michigan (the “Premises”). The Tenant shall not use
or permit the use of the Premises for any purpose other than as a residential dwelling solely for the
Tenant and the Tenant’s family and/or dependents. This provision does not include reasonable
accommodation of the Tenant’s guests or visitors.
The tenancy created by this Agreement shall be a [week-to-week / month-to-month] tenancy which will
commence on the first (1st) day of ______________, _______, and will terminate as hereinafter provided.
[if tenancy is week-to-week: The rent due hereunder is the sum of __________________ DOLLARS
($_______) per week, to be paid by 12:00 noon on Monday of each week.
[if tenancy is month-to-month: The rent due hereunder is the sum of __________________ DOLLARS
($_______) per month, to be paid on the first day of each month.
The first payment shall be made on the ____ day of _____________, _____. All payments to be made
hereunder shall be made to the Landlord at the address set out in this Agreement, or such other address
as the Landlord may from time to time designate in writing to the Tenant. If rental payments are being
sent by regular mail, the Tenant is responsible for ensuring that such payments are mailed with sufficient
time to allow delivery by the date on which the rent is due.
3. Additional Occupants
The following person(s) will also occupy the Premises, but is/are not of legal age and shall have no
liability or responsibility under this Agreement: _____________ [list any minor children]
No rights under this Agreement shall be conferred to any person who has not executed this Agreement.
The Tenant shall notify the Landlord immediately in writing of any person(s) who are not named in this
Agreement who have been or shall be residing in the Premises for a period in excess of _______ days.
Such person(s) may remain in the Premises only upon written authorization of the Landlord.
4. Utilities and Appliances
The Landlord shall pay for the following utilities and services: [delete those that are not included]
(i) water and sewer
(iv) trash removal
(v) lawn care and snow removal
(vi) other: ________________________
The Property Owner shall not shut off or cause to be discontinued any utility furnished by him for the
Tenant except for such temporary interruption as may be necessary while actual repairs or alterations are
The Tenant agrees to pay for all utilities not provided for by the Landlord. The Landlord shall not be
responsible for the failure of any utility service caused by conditions beyond the Landlord’s control or
damage to the Tenant’s personal property as a result thereof. The Tenant shall ensure that no materials
are placed in the trash receptacles that are radioactive, volatile, highly flammable, explosive, toxic or
hazardous according to the standards set out by any agency of either state or federal government which
promulgates regulations of such materials pursuant to applicable federal or state law. The Tenant
indemnifies and holds the Landlord harmless for the disposal of any of the aforementioned materials in
violation of this Agreement.
The following appliances and fixtures shall be provided by the Landlord:
(a) [electric/gas] range
(e) garbage disposal
(g) window coverings
(h) other: ____________________
5. Security Deposit
[Note to Landlords: The deposit cannot exceed 1 1/2 months’ rent.]
A security deposit of [AMOUNT OF DEPOSIT IN WORDS] DOLLARS ($_______) collected from Tenant
shall be deposited at ________________________ [name of bank / institution], located at _________________
[address]. Said security deposit remains the property of the Tenant and may not be used by the Landlord
except for reimbursement for actual damages to the Premises that are the direct result of conduct not
reasonably expected in the normal course of habitation of the Premises, or for unpaid rent or utilities as
provided in Public Act 348 of 1972.
Prior to the Tenant moving in, the Landlord and Tenant shall jointly inspect the Premises and complete
two (2) copies of the Condition Inspection Checklist attached hereto. Each shall keep a copy. Within _____
days after the Tenant moves out, the parties shall inspect the Premises again and take note of any changes
(damage, loss, etc.).
The Landlord shall send the Tenant a list of damages, the cost of repair of each item, and a check to cover
the balance within thirty (30) days after the Tenant has moved out. If this is not done, Landlord
automatically agrees that the Tenant is entitled to his/her full deposit. Tenant must notify the Landlord
within seven (7) days after he/she receives the list of damages whether he/she agrees with the damages
listed or not. Failure to respond constitutes agreement by Tenant to the damages listed. If agreement
cannot be reached, Landlord must sue Tenant for damages within 45 days after Tenant has moved.
Tenant may sue Landlord for double the security deposit held if the Landlord has violated the provisions
set forth by Public Act 348 of 1972.8.
TENANT MUST NOTIFY THE LANDLORD IN WRITING WITHIN FOUR (4) DAYS AFTER
VACATING THE PREMISES, GIVING THE LANDLORD A FORWARDING ADDRESS WHERE
TENANT CAN BE REACHED AND WHERE TENANT WILL RECEIVE MAIL; OTHERWISE THE
LANDLORD SHALL BE RELIEVED OF SENDING TENANT AN ITEMIZED LIST OF DAMAGES AND
THE PENALTIES ADHERENT TO THAT FAILURE.
6. Late Fee
In the event the entire rent is not received by the Landlord by 5:00 p.m. on the fifth (5 th) day that the same
became due, a $_______ late fee will be assessed. In the event of an insufficient funds check being
tendered, an additional fee of $______ plus all bank charges shall apply. A ___% carry-over fee shall be
charged on all outstanding balances not paid on or before the last day of each month. The Landlord’s
acceptance of late rent with payment of the late fee shall in no way limit the Landlord’s rights to
terminate this Agreement in accordance with the Act for future nonpayment or late payment of rent.
7. Termination of Agreement
Upon one rental period's notice, for good cause, Tenant may terminate this Agreement and vacate the
Premises. Said notice shall state good cause for termination. Good cause shall include, but not be limited
to, entry into active duty with U.S. military services, employment in another community, and loss of the
main source of income used to pay rent.
Substantial violation of any provision included herein may constitute grounds for termination of the lease
by either party. However, if the Landlord's primary purpose in initiating eviction procedures is to
retaliate against Tenant because of Tenant's attempt to exercise or assert his/her lawful rights, no such
attempt shall be valid.
Upon termination of this Agreement, Tenant shall vacate the Premises, remove all personal property
belonging to him,/her, return all keys and leave the Premises as clean as he/she found them; wear and
tear that are reasonably expected in the normal course of habitation are excepted.
Landlord shall not terminate or attempt to terminate this Agreement by any means other than proper
legal proceedings as provided by state law.
8. Default by Tenant
Upon the failure of the Tenant to make any payment of rent when it is due, or if the Tenant should breach
any other covenants, agreements, or conditions herein contained, or if the Premises is abandoned,
deserted, or vacated (any of which occurrences shall be deemed an event of default hereunder), then at
the option of the Landlord or its agents, this Agreement may be terminated, and the Landlord may re-
enter and repossess the Premises and remove and evict each and every Tenant and occupant, in
accordance with applicable State law. In the event of re-entry by the Landlord, the Tenant shall be liable
for damages to said Landlord for all loss sustained, to include rent to the end of the rental period or any
rent lost due to re-letting the Premises, and such re-entry shall not be deemed an acceptance by the
Landlord or a surrender or otherwise constitute a release of the Tenant.
If the Tenant vacates or abandons the Premises without giving proper written notice to the Landlord, the
Tenant shall remain responsible for all amounts due for the remainder of the tenancy. If the Landlord’s
right of re-entry is exercised following abandonment of the Premises, the Landlord may consider any
personal property belonging to the Tenant and left in the Premises to have been abandoned, in which
case the Landlord may dispose of such personal property in any manner provided by law and is hereby
relieved of any and all liability for doing so.
10. Condition of Premises
On the date the Tenant takes possession of the Premises, the Landlord and Tenant shall jointly inspect the
Premises and sign a report as to its condition. By signing the report, the Tenant acknowledges his/her
inspection and acceptance of the Premises in its present condition, except as specifically excepted in such
report by the Tenant. Within _______ days of the Tenant taking possession of the Premises, the Landlord
will remedy and repair any reasonable exception noted by the Tenant in such report.
11. Right of Entry and Inspection
Landlord or his/her agent may enter the Premises during reasonable hours only for the following
purposes: to inspect to see if the Tenant is complying with this agreement, to make repairs, and to exhibit
the unit to prospective purchasers, mortgagees and tenants. Such entries shall not be so frequent as to
seriously disturb Tenant's peaceful enjoyment of the Premises. Such entries shall take place only with the
prior consent of Tenant, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld. If, however, Landlord or
his/her agent reasonably believes that an emergency exists, such as fire, which requires an immediate
entry, such entry may be made without Tenant's consent. If such emergency entry occurs, Landlord shall,
within two (2) days thereafter, notify Tenant of the date, time, and purpose of entry.
12. Tenant’s Agreement as to Use & Maintenance of Premises
During the currency of this Agreement, the Tenant agrees to do and perform the following:
(a) to keep and maintain the Premises and grounds, deck, patio and driveway in a safe, clean and
sanitary condition, and to comply with applicable standards of the Housing and Building Codes;
(b) to make no alterations, improvements or additions thereon or therein without the written consent
of the Landlord;
(c) to not change any lock or install any additional lock, burglar alarm or other security device
without the written consent of the Landlord;
(d) to use all electrical, plumbing, appliances, heating and air conditioning, and fixtures in a safe and
reasonable manner, and to turn off all water faucets, lights and electrical appliances when not in
(e) to maintain any smoke detectors on the Premises and to test the smoke detector once a
[week/month/etc] to ensure that the smoke detectors and batteries are in good working order;
(f) to store personal property such as bicycles, vehicles, boats, trailers, motors and motorcycles in a
safe manner and only in areas specifically designated for storing such items;
(g) to not perform any kind of vehicle maintenance, including but not limited to oil changes,
washing, waxing, tune-ups or other maintenance, on or around the Premises;
(h) to not bring or keep pets or animals of any kind on the Premises (including pets belonging to
guests or visitors), except as provided in the attached Pet Rider, if applicable;
(i) to not litter, damage or cause waste upon the Premises and to prohibit guests and invitees from
doing the same. All garbage, trash, ashes and other waste is to be placed in the trash receptacles
provided by the Landlord and disposed of in a clean and safe manner;
(j) to not hang or drape rugs, towels, laundry, clothes lines or other such items on the railings or
other portions of the balconies, patios, porches, decks or other exterior areas of the Premises,
except as designated by the Landlord;
(k) to not engage in conduct or allow any guest or invitee on the Premises with expressed or implied
permission to engage in conduct that may disturb other persons in the building or neighborhood;
(l) to pay for the cost of all repairs made necessary by the neglect and careless use of the Premises by
the Tenant and/or the Tenant’s family, pets, agents, guests or invitees. The Tenant shall notify
Landlord promptly of any damage to the Premises caused by the Tenant or Tenant’s family, pets,
agents, guests or invitees. The Tenant shall immediately report to the Landlord and the local
police any act of vandals or burglars causing damage to the Premises. The Tenant agrees to
promptly report to the Landlord any repairs made to the Premises by the Tenant, however, no
such repair expense shall be deducted from the monthly rent under any circumstances
(m) to promptly notify the Landlord of any need for repa