Michigan Residential Lease Agreement Template

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The Michigan Standard Residential Agreement Template is a contract in compliance with Chapter 554 Real and Personal Property. Thus while the State of Michigan has not adopted the Uniform Landlord & Tenant Act, there are statutes in place that will govern security deposits, terminations, abandonment, and a host of other issues that typically must be addressed. This contract will make sure the agreement entered is in accordance with these statutes and will make sure to address common landlord-tenant concerns that are left up to these two parties. For instance, how long their agreement lasts would be one of the topics left to determine solely by the parties involved.

It would be fair to mention that a fixed-term residential lease is finalized upon the signature of this document. That is, the agreement will remain in effect for the full duration of the time period it names itself to be. The obligations and entitlements assigned to the Tenant and Landlord will be expected to remain constant and fulfilled during this time period regardless of the circumstances in most cases. For instance, if there is a real and serious threat of personal injury or death the Tenant would have options provided they followed the property channels. Therefore, it is imperative that both parties be up to date on the local requirements placed upon them by local and state governments and that each is in full agreement with the negotiable terms of this lease.

Laws – Chapter 554 (Real and Personal Property)

HandbookA Practical Guide for Tenants & Landlords (PDF)

How to Write

Step 1 – Define the parties that shall be entering this lease in the first area. The first blank line will require the Landlord’s full name. There are four blank lines below this where the full name of each participating Tenant should be listed.

Step 2 – Next it will be time to define when this lease shall go into effect and when it shall end. There will be two available columns that may be filled out. Only one of them may be chosen. I the lease has a definitive starting and ending date then enter these dates in the first column. If this is a month-to-month lease, then skip the first column and enter this art date for the lease in the space provided.

Step 3 – It is now time to define the lease term. That is when the lease shall begin and when it shall end. There are two types to choose from The column on the left will require the start and end date of the lease for a fixed-term lease while the column on the right will require the start date of the Lease if this is a Month-to-Month lease.

Step 4 – Item (a) in this section considers the possibility of more than one Tenant. If more than one Tenant is involved each must initial this paragraph.

Step 5 – Item (b) or “Rent,” requires the total rent amount that will be paid by the time this lease terminates be entered on the first blank line (leave this blank if the lease is a Month-to-Month). The second blank line must have the monthly rent amount entered regardless of the type of lease this is. Similarly, the last set of blank lines must have the first date the rent must be paid entered (day, month, year).

Step 6 – All tenants must place their initials at the bottom of this page next to the numbered sequence of blank spaces.

Step 7 – Some Landlords may wish to encourage on-time payments by providing incentives. In Item (c), “Discounted Rent,” enter the dollar discount a Tenant may receive for an on-time payment.

Step 8 – The next item is the “Security Deposit” paragraph. Here, write in the dollar amount the Landlord has named as the required security amount for entering this lease. Following this will be a set of blank lines where the due date for the security may be entered (day, month, year). Finally, enter the full name and full address of the financial institution the Landlord shall be storing the Security Deposit.

Step 9 –  Locate the paragraph labeled “Nonrefundable Cleaning Fee” below the bold lettered Notice. Here, enter the cleaning fee the Tenant must pay at the beginning of the lease.

Step 10 – In Item (f), enter the maximum number of individuals who may live on the premises on the first blank line. On the second blank space available enter the monthly charge for each additional tenant above the maximum allowed. Finally, enter the maximum number of Tenants that county laws have determined may occupy the leased residence.

Step 11 – In the paragraph labeled “Sleeping Rooms,” enter the areas of the residence that may not be used as bedrooms.

Step 12 – In Item (I) enter the monthly charge the tenant must pay if they allow a non-occupant to use the residence as a mailing address.

Step 13 – In the “Keys/Locks” paragraph, enter the number of keys the Tenant shall receive from the Landlord on the first blank space. Then on the second and third blank line, enter the amount the Landlord shall charge the Tenant for changing the locks and replacing lost keys (respectively).

Step 14 – All Tenants must provide their initials on the last line in the numbered blank spaces.

Step 15 – In Item (k), check the named appliances/furniture the Landlord shall supply the Tenant. If there are appliances/furniture supplied by the Landlord but not mentioned, enter them on the blank spaces provided and check the applicable box.

Step 16 – In Item (I) report the number of smoke detectors that are on the premises and function correctly.

Step 17 – Locate Item (n), “Repairs and Maintenance,” then on the space provided report the phone number a Tenant may immediately inform the Landlord of gas leaks, wiring problems, water damage, structural damage, and broken appliances.

Step 18 – The “Landlord’s Right of Entry” section requires the number of hours’ notice a tenant shall receive from a Landlord for the reasons listed in this paragraph.

Step 19 – The bottom of this page must be initialed by all tenants.

Step 20 – The “Pets” section requires the non-refundable fee the Tenant must pay for any pets they wish to live with.

Step 21 – Item (u), will define the parking situation of the Tenant’s household. There will be room for four cars to be listed. In each entry, report the year, make, model, and plate number of the Tenant’s vehicle, the full name of the owner, and where it may be parked.

Step 22 – Item (v) asks for definitions on which party must provide which utility/service the residence requires. There will be a checkbox for Tenant, a checkbox for Landlord, and a checkbox to indicate the utility/service is not applicable. For each of these items indicate the responsible party by placing a check in the appropriate box. Note, this section will continue to the next page, however, at the bottom of the page, each Tenant must provide their initials.

Step 23 – Read this page in its entirety then at the bottom each Tenant must provide their initials.

Step 24 – The next section requiring attention is “Additional Provisions.” Here enter any terms, conditions, and agreements that both Landlord and Tenant wish to include in this lease.

Step 25 – The final section requiring attention is arguably the most important. Locate the words “This Residential-Lease Agreement is signed” then enter the date of the lease signing.

Step 26 – Each Landlord and each Tenant entering this lease must sign this document in the appropriate areas.

Step 27 – The bottom of this page will require the initials of each Tenant