A landlord must specify the grounds to evict. The grounds a landlord may cite to evict a tenant are the following:
- Nonpayment of rent;
- Extensive and continuing physical injury to property;
- Serious and continuing health hazard;
- Illegal drug activity and formal police report filed (lease provisions must allow for termination on these grounds);
- Violation of a lease provision and the lease allows for termination;
- Forceful entry or peaceful try, but forceful stay or trespass;
- Holding over after natural expiration of lease term;
- Assault of a landlord;
- Just cause for terminating tenant of mobile home park (MCL 600.5775); and
- Just cause for terminating tenant of government-subsidized housing (MCL 125.694a and 600.5714).
A notice must:
- Be in writing;
- Be addressed to the tenant;
- Describe the rental property (address is sufficient description);
- Give reason(s) for eviction;
- State the time for tenant to take remedial action;
- Include landlord’s signature; and
- Include a date.
Further the notice must be delivered to the tenant. This can be in person, at the rental property to a person of suitable age to be delivered to tenant, or by sending it through first class mail addressed to tenant. Click here for commonly used notice forms or click here for complete list of notice forms.