Tenants and Landlords – A Practical Guide

This booklet is designed to inform tenants and landlords about their rights and responsibilities in rental relationships. It serves as a useful reference—complete with the following:

  • An in-depth discussion about rental-housing law in an easy-to-read question and answer
  • Important timelines that outline the eviction process and recovering or
    keeping a security deposit;
  • A sample lease, sublease, roommate agreement, lead-based paint disclosure
    form, and inventory checklist;
  •  Sample letters about repair and maintenance, termination of occupancy, and
    notice of forwarding address; and
  • Approved court forms.

Whether you are a tenant or a landlord, when you sign a lease agreement, you sign a contract. You are contractually obligated to perform certain duties and assume certain responsibilities. You are also granted certain rights and protections under the lease agreement.

It was compiled and prepared by the faculty and students of the MSU College of Law Housing Law Clinic.

Please note: This informational booklet is intended only as a guide and it is not a substitute for the services of an attorney nor is it a substitute for competent professional legal advice.


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