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Attempting to evict

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Junior Member
What is the name of your state? Michigan

I have a couple of questions:
My tennants are severely behind on paying rent...I've tried payment arrangements and what not as I'd rather do that than evict. However, eviction is inevitable. My tennants made a last ditch effort last night to get me to settle out of court (today was the court appearance)...kinda late for that. However, my tennants are well informed on how things go, and explained it's in both of our interests that we not go to court as that would give them another 90 days before the eviction process would be complete. Not only that, they claim that there are things not up to code in the house, and hinted that this would be brought up (elictrical and windows, so say the tennants).

Another issue is that the home isn't listed on the "rental registry"....it was financed by my wife and I a while back as owner occupied, then later we used it as a rental...is a rental registry necessary to be on if your tennants aren't section 8 recipients? My tennant said if it was found out it wasn't registered, then they could get a judgement in their favor where I pay back rent to them.

Out of fear that my tennant would remain in the home another 3 months, I agreed to some terms, that I hope will be in my favor:

He and his girlfriend will pay this month's rent, and be out by the end of February. They will then begin paying back what they owe in monthly installments of $150. Can I get this written up as a legal contract for them to sign, with the condition that if the rent isn't paid by Feb 12th, the landlord has the right to take immediate possession of home? If I can, I will drop the court case as I have simply adjourned it for the time being.

If I can get this contract written up, can I sue these tennants if they don't honor it?


My two cents...

How much longer do you want to play tenant games? They've used every excuse in the book and are now using intimidation to buy more time. How many times have they agreed to catch up? Is this arrangement working for you? Save yourself from further monetary loss and reschedule the eviction hearing.

These tenants have no intention of paying you when they can make up excuses that you'll buy. They aren't honoring the contract that they currently have with you...do you seriously think they will honor another page of words?

It's discouraging to read about these situations. They are taking advantage of you because you allow them to do it.

Follow your state law and evict then SCREEN carefully for new tenants.




Your tenant said "then they could get a judgement in their favor where I pay back rent to them." This is the biggest bunch of BS that I've ever heard. START EVICTION PROCEEDINGS TOMORROW!


Senior Member
I agree , use common sense here . Why would the threaten you with suing you for money , then at the same time make an agreement to pay .

I'll ask you this . Is there ANY Severe or Immediate code violation on your Property that you have not repaired ?

If so, have they fallowed the Law as far as withholding the rent ?
Examples: This may not be your State's procedures - putting it in a bank account , or having the Court hold on to it , until repairs are made ?

If not , proceed with the Eviction .

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