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 […]

19 June 2018

Understanding Easements

Miller Johnson attorneys Grant Schertzing, Cindy Ortega, and Karen Custer discuss easements and easement related issues.  Topics include what is an easement, who can hold an easement, what types of things are covered by easements, what is the difference between an easement and a license, the importance of having an easement in writing and then […]

Due Diligence
05 June 2018

Guidance on the Due Diligence Process After a S...

Miller Johnson attorneys Karen Custer, Erick Starck and JJHenn discuss what should be done after a sales agreement has been signed. Topics include buyer and seller responsibilities including title commitment, evidence of financing approvals, physical inspections, envirnomnental due diligence, surveys, and more.

Document Review
22 May 2018

Traps in Guaranties

Miller Johnson attorneys Grant Schertzing, Jim Ens and Alan Schwartz discuss what to look out for in guaranties in real estate deals.  Topics include what are guaranties?, type of guaranties, insights from both the lender’s and buyer’s perspective on guaranties, guarantor defaults, and much more.