you are renting a home, apartment, mobile home, or some other building
from someone, you are a tenant. A landlord is the person who is
renting the home, apartment, mobile home or some other building
to you. Both landlords and tenants have legal rights.
The Real Estate Division handles many types of problems between landlords
and tenants regarding property in the city of Detroit. This division handles:
- Non-payment of rent
- Termination (eviction)
- Health hazard termination (eviction)
- Land contract forfeitures and disputes
are directed to the second floor cashier to begin a Real Estate
action (new case filings). The necessary forms can be purchased
at the counter or at major office supply stores.
When the time period expires after a tenant has
been served with the appropriate papers, a landlord can start legal
action. On the court date, both the landlord and tenant must appear
in Room 421 (4th floor) at 8:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Both the landlord and the
tenant may have attorneys present at this hearing and may request
a jury trial. Any evidence or witnesses that would support your
case should be present at this hearing.
If both sides agree on how to handle the matter, a Consent Judgment
will be signed. If the parties cannot agree, a ruling will be made
after a judge hears both sides of the case. A judgment order will
be entered stating the actions necessary to satisfy the court's ruling.
A tenant cannot be evicted from rental property without a court order
called an Order of Eviction. Once an Order of Eviction has been signed by a judge,
it can be executed by a bailiff or court officer.
you feel that you have legitimate complaint against your landlord,
you can contact the City of Detroit Rental Inspector regarding property
repair at (313) 224-2733.
You may also contact Legal Aid and Defender toll
free at (877) 964-4700. It is important
that you keep a record on everything that has occurred that will
support your complaint (i.e. names, dates, problems, receipts
you file a complaint against your landlord, it is illegal for the
landlord to retaliate against you through such actions as raising
your rent or having you evicted. If your landlord has ignored the
legal process to have you evicted and locked you out of your rental
property, you can contact the United Community Housing Coalition
between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. at:
Community Housing Coalition
220 Bagley Street
Detroit, MI 48226