Our landlord did not comply with the Landlord and Tenant's Relationship Act, MCL 554.603 when we signed our lease and provided no additional documentation 14 days after our lease began. We sent money to our landlord to be used for a security deposit when we signed our lease agreement. Is our landlord allowed to still use that money as our security deposit?
More information is needed. Technical violations will probably not be much of a problem for the landlord. It depends on all of the facts and the particular District you live in.
As the landlord has not complied with the LTRA, you can demand the return of your security deposit. If it is not returned, you can notify the landlord you intend to use the monies paid for the security deposit as rent. You have some leverage. How you use this leverage regarding your rental relationship is up to you. Contact a local attorney to discuss your options before issuing demands or ultimatums to the landlord. Make sure you really understand the LTRA and such terms as "substantial compliance," "reasonable notice," and "reliance." The issue you described can be easily corrected by the landlord. Good luck.
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