The Landlord's Assistance Group
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   50 West 3rd Street, #207
   Holland, MI 49423
   voice: 616.396.1249
   fax: 616.355.2957
   email: rlo@macatawa.org
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If you are a landlord in the state of Michigan and you take a deposit from your tenant, you must become familiar with the Security Deposit Act. 

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Failure to follow its terms precisely may result in losing your right to the collateral; or worse, may make you responsible to the tenant for two times the deposit and waive your rights to sue the tenant for damages to the apartment.

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The problem is compounded by the fact that the act is confusing and that many of the District Court judges responsible for enforcing the act, do not understand it.

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If you will be representing yourself in court, you must be prepared to argue for your rights under the act, for judges frequently penalize landlords, even when they are not in violation of the act.