What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Michigan
We are a group of tenants (in separate apartments) whom have been experiencing major problems with our landlord. After reading a pamphlet regarding landlord tenant rights, we noticed that the landlord did not include any of the following in any of our lease's or checklists:
From 554.634 Rental agreement; mandatory statements.
(2) A rental agreement shall state in a prominent place in type not smaller than the size of 12-point type, or in legible print with letters not smaller than 1/8 inch, a notice in substantially the following form:
“NOTICE: Michigan law establishes rights and obligations for parties to rental agreements. This agreement is required to comply with the Truth in Renting Act. If you have a question about the interpretation or legality of a provision of this agreement, you may want to seek assistance from a lawyer or other qualified person.”
From 554.608 Inventory checklists.
(4) The checklist shall contain the following notice in 12 point boldface type at the top of the first page: “You should complete this checklist, noting the condition of the rental property, and return it to the landlord within 7 days after obtaining possession of the rental unit. You are also entitled to request and receive a copy of the last termination inventory checklist which shows what claims were chargeable to the last prior tenants.”.
One lease does have one paragraph that the rest of us doesn't. It states:
Michigan Governing Laws: This lease shall be construed in accourdance with the laws of the State of Michigan.
There's 11 of us that have been meeting this past week due to the landlords lack of making neccessary repairs in common area's; electrical problems; and a problematic 12th tenant, whom also happens to be a relative of the landlord. He is not returning our phone calls, but he is quick on cashing our rent checks, as well as, submitting a late notice letter to one tenant whom purposely paid late just to get his attention. However, he did not respond to her letter of request she enclosed with the rent check.
What are our options here? We are wanting to break our lease and move because we have had it with the landlord. Does his lack of wording on our lease's making it null and void giving us the legal right to break our lease?
We thank you in advance for your answser.
ps, sorry this is so long