What are my rights in MI?

By 80ladybug

I have lived at the same complex for 3 years now.  We are being asked to sign a new lease.  Of course the rent is going up if we sign a years lease & even more if we go with the 6th month or monthly options.  I lost my job a few months ago.  My husband is possibly going to be loosing his job in the next several months.  We can’t afford the higher amount the rent would be if we went monthly.  Is there a law or anything that would help us break our lease without the added fees due to loss of employment? I just want to know what our options will be.  Thanks

Edited on: Friday, March 22nd, 2013 7:35 pm

One Response to “What are my rights in MI?”

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June 15th, 2009 1:20 pm

There is a simple solution to your problem. As with any contract, your rental agreement is negotiable. Many times renters will sign the contract without any type of negotiation, however, you have every right to make conditions or special arrangements for your situation.
The problem is that the complex may not be willing to negotiate too much. They might say sorry, either you sign it or move.
What you can do is create a rental addendum. This site through the RPA has them for free… Type up an escape clause that is fair to you and your husband such as: Tenant is allowed to vacate premise with a 30 day written notice in the event of layoff or loss of employment.
Try that and see what happens.


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