06 November 2018

Unsung Lease Terms that Deserve Attention (Part 1)

Jim Ens, Eric Stark, Karen Custer and Matt Van Dyk discuss important unimportant terms in a lease, looking not just at the apparent economic provisions but those tucked away in lease.  Provisions including assignment and subleasing, notice, use and estoppel certificates.

Signing document
23 October 2018

Don’t Waste Time on these Trivial Lease T...

Eric Starck, Matt Van Dyk, Karen Custer and Grand Schertzing focus on lease terms that one hopes to never run into needing.  Terms covered include condemnation, casualty, quiet enjoyment, default and holding over.

09 October 2018

What Renters, Landlords Need to Know About Cons...

Rachel Hillegonds, Grant Schertzing and Bob O’Brien continue to discuss the main consumer protection laws in Michigan.  Topics include the Truth in Renting Act and how it applies to written leases including how lease clauses reference other consumer protection acts, prohibited provisions as well as required provisions in a lease, information on notice and tenant […]

25 September 2018

What Renters, Landlords Need to Know About Cons...

Rachel Hillegonds, Grant Schertzing and Bob O’Brien discuss the main consumer protection laws in Michigan. These include the Landlord and Consumer Relationship Act, Truth in Renting Act, Michigan Consumer Protection Act and some other consumer laws relating to renting. Many of the laws govern the relationship, communication and language in the lease between tenant and […]

11 September 2018

What Landlords Need to Know About Evictions

Bob O’Brien and Rachel Hillegonds discuss landlord/tenant evictions in residential rentals. Topics include the eviction process, the steps needed to complete the process legally and in compliance with statute – including types of notices, differences in types of eviction actions, notice periods, timing requirements and much more.

lake View
28 August 2018

Short-Term Rental Issues

Matt VanDyk and Sara Lachman discuss the issues that surround short term rentals. There are a variety of impacts, good and bad, on municipalities, surrounding property owners and the owners of the rental properties.  Matt and Sara discuss the issues, regulations, recent case law surrounding short term rentals and more.

14 August 2018

Why and How to Vacate a Street

Bob O’Brien and Karen Custer discuss vacation actions, which isn’t what you may think. Vacating a plat is a somewhat obscure part of a property law. Bob and Karen discuss why a vacation may be desired, the issues and challenges surrounding this type of action, the process and more.

Signing Contracts
31 July 2018

Statute of Frauds

Grant Schertzing, Matt VanDyk and Cindy Ortega discuss how certain contracts must be in writing and signed to be enforceable. The law requires that for certain high value or high dollar contracts, they must be in writing to provide objective evidence of terms and prevent fraud. The key question relates to an estate or interest […]

Title Insurance House Puzzel
17 July 2018

Understanding Title Insurance Endorsements

Miller Johnson attorney Matt Van Dyk and Fred Perlini of Chicago Title are discussing title insurance focusing mainly on a commercial context.  Topics discussed include a basic summary of what coverage one gets with title insurance, deleting exceptions, mitigation or shifting of risk through means like an seller’s affidavit, handling of survey issues, zoning endorsements and […]

Environmental Provisions
03 July 2018

Environmental Provisions to Consider in a Prope...

Miller Johnson attorneys Jim Ens, Alan Schwartz and Matt Van Dyk discuss negotiating environmental provisions in a lease agreement for commercial or industrial property.  Topics include environmental concerns for prospective tenants, avoiding liability, Michigan commercial lease exceptions to tenant liability for property contamination and clean up, securing lang control in a lease situation so a […]