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The Freeze on Landlord-Tenant Eviction Proceedings is About to Come to an End, Sort of

COVID-19 Landlord-Tenant Law Real Estate

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Whitmer issued a State of Emergency in the State of Michigan. Pursuant to that State of Emergency, Governor Whitmer has frozen all eviction proceedings for landlord-tenant disputes and for land contract disputes. The current Executive Order governing the freeze is set to expire at 11:59 PM on June 11, 2020. The end of the freeze will come as a relief to landlords who have not been receiving rental payments from tenants and who have not been able to seek evictions.

However, there is one caveat to the end of the eviction freeze. In addition to Governor Whitmer’s actions, the Michigan Supreme Court issued an order to all courts that placed a moratorium on eviction proceedings if certain conditions are present. In those special cases, no eviction proceeding can occur until after July 25, 2020.

This is a fluid situation and there is no guarantee either Governor Whitmer or the Michigan Supreme Court will not extend their orders. If you are a landlord or tenant currently facing these issues, call the attorneys at Shinners & Cook, P.C. today at 989-799-5000.