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Landlord/Tenant Cases

Landlord/Tenant cases handle disputes between property owners and renters over the terms of rental agreements.  Types of disputes include:

  • Non Payment of rent
  • Remaining after lease expires
  • Health hazard or injury to premises
  • Land contract forfeitures and disputes

All of the forms referenced below are available here.

Before coming to court, you must serve the tenant with a demand for possession or notice to quit.  Commonly used forms include:  

  • Demand for Possession - Non-Payment of Rent (DC 100a)
  •  Notice to Quit - Termination of Tenancy (DC100c)
  •  Demand for Possession - Health Hazard/Damange to Property (DC 100b)

Instructions for serving the defendant are included with the form.

To file an action with the court, you will need the following documents:

  • Summons (DC 104);
  • Complaint for Non-Payment of Rent (DC 102a), Termination of Tenancy (DC102c), or Health Hazard/Injury to Premises (DC 102b). 
  • The Demand for Possession - Non-Payment or Rent (DC 100a), Notice to Quit - Termination of Tenancy (DC 100c) or Notice to Quit - Health Hazard/injury to Premises (DC 100b) that was served on the defendant with proof of service;
  • Lease or written agreement;
  • Number of copies per list below;
  • Filing fee.

Number of copies needed to file landlord/tenant case:

One Tenant:

  • Summons (5-part form)
  • Complaint (4-part form)
  • Original Notice to Quit + 3 copies
  • 3 copies of lease or written agreement
  • 1 stamped envelope addressed to tenant

Two Tenants:

  • Summons form + 2 additional copies of 2nd page
  • Complaint form + additional copies of the front page
  • Original Notice to Quit + 5 copies
  • 5 copies of lease or written agreement
  • 2 stamped envelopes, one addressed to tenant #1, the other to tenant #2

For each additional tenant, add two copies of everything + 1 envelope.

54A-District Court
6th Floor City Hall
124 W Michigan Ave
Lansing ,MI 48933
(517) 483-4433

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Civil Department:
(517) 483-4426