My landlord and I agreed to a lower lease amount, but didn't put it in writing. He has been accepting this amount for 7 months without saying anything different. It does state in the lease that he can lock me out, but isn't it against a state law?
Estate Planning Attorney
If the premises were voluntarily vacated, a landlord could secure the premises but vacated means that the premises are empty. However, a lock out is prohibited under Michigan law until after a landlord has gone to court, obtained an order for possession of the premises and had a Sheriff or Court Officer evict the tenant from the premises. Damages for a self-help lock out by a landlord can be awarded.
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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney
Short answer: It is against Michigan law for a landlord to lock out a tenant in possession without going to court to evict the tenant. I would need to know all of the facts before giving a definite answer.
This answer is for discussion purposes only and will not be considered legal advice. Further, a court could potentially decide the question contrary to my answer.
Real Estate Attorney
I agree with Mr. Morris and suggest that you carefully review the last lease that was in effect for holdover and renewal language. Best of luck.