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.
General Practice Lawyer
In short and based on this limited fact pattern I would say his actions are wrong and actionable. He has opened himself up to liability.