Michigan Attorney General Complaint - Landlord-Tenant Law
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN -- As a honest consumer from your state, I felt it was my responsibility to bring to your attention the following incident.
I am a single parent who has rented a townhouse in Grand Rapids, MI for over five years. I have never had a problem until Brookline Management took over the property almost two years ago. Since they took over, the residents are unable to get repairs and the townhouses do not meet code. They are charging us for a third bedroom that doesn't meet code. The law seems to protect these landlords, because they can hold out until the tenants lease ends and then choose to not renew the lease and this is LEGAL. Therefore, all landlords do not have to make any repairs, just hold hold and then evict a tenant based on this. This is WRONG! Please do something soon, or my children and I will lose our home. I have supplied them with a list of needed repairs in January of 2001. By November of 2001, after several calls and visits to the office on the property, nothing was done. I choose to withhold my rent and started writing the Regional Manager as well as company. They still did not complete the repairs and just waited until my lease endend in February, and said they just wouldn't renew my lease. There are over 30 tenants in this property who have signed a petition regarding the lack of repairs since Brookline has taken over. We have been good tenants with no complaints while maintaining our home and surrounding land. They had no issue with renewing my lease before, but now that I'm taking action to make my house a home again and have repairs completed and codes met, it has become an issue. This is my children's home, and will uproot them from their home, friends and family. How can the law support this?
As a resolution, I would like the following:
I want this company to not be allowed to illegally retaliate against me and my children. The repairs should be completed, my home brought to code, my legal fees reimbursed, any repairs fees I have endured reimbursed, to be charged for the habitable space only, to be reimbursed for the time spent away from my job to get things done, and for this company to be monitored for this illegal, immoral and irresponsibly activity.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like more details regarding this incident.