As I read this section, the landlord has 45 days to bring an action for damages (even those damages above and beyond the security deposit) or else such claim is deemed waived. However, the penalty for the landlord failing to either file a claim or return your security deposit would be limited to double the security deposit amount (i.e. $400.00).
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Agreed. The landlord would not be able to sue for damages and he would be liable for up to double the value of the security deposit.
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I agree with these fine attorneys. I just want to make sure you have a copy of this great resource put out by the State of Michigan. It is a Landlord/Tenant Guide and has great answers for this and other issues related to renting in Michigan. Here is the link for a free copy:
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