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Real Estate Law Update: Crime Victims Could Sue Local Govt. for Evicting Them?

A couple of Michigan real estate law updates:


But first, a Pennsylvania proposed law would ban municipalities from penalizing tenants or their landlords when residents make legitimate 911 calls. See the ABAJournal for more details.

Apparently this law is in response to a local ordinance that authorized police to force tenants out of their apartments after three instances of disorderly behavior within four months.

Such a law gives tenants who might be the victims of domestic violence, unneeded concern about being evicted if they call the police in response to violence against them in their apartment.

This is an unfortunate example of how statutes with generally good intent can have awful and unintended consequences.



In Michigan news,


Landlords can remove Squatters

I posted an article about a new proposed law that would allow landlords to forcibly remove tenants who were simply squatters. This law would essentially make an exemption to the law that prohibits a landlord’s interference with a tenant’s possessory right in certain limited circumstances.


The Judiciary committee on January 15, recommended this bill be given immediate effect.

This bill is moving forward with, apparently an amendment made to specify that the law would not allow the landlord to “commit an assault” on a tenant. Assault is still a crime under this bill. The latest Legislative Analysis mentions this point.



Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons – Revisions

it looks like the State Senate took another steps towards amending the Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons Act under the Occupation Code.

You can check out a summary of the revisions by going to the Legislative Analysis that was just prepared by the House Fiscal Agency on January 13th.


From my cursory review, it simply looks like the Act is being updated and LARA is making it easier for Brokers and Salespersons to maintain their proper licensing through the State of Michigan (a good thing, I would think).



Questions? Comments?


Email me: Jeshua@dwlawpc.com









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