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COVID-19 Information for Michigan

The purpose of this page is to provide apartment industry professionals with an overview of the issues affecting our industry with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This resource is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.

State and Local Affiliates

Please remember to use your state or local apartment association as the primary resource for the most up-to-date information on your responsibilities. Find your local affiliate.

State Legal and Regulatory Information

We highly suggest you contact a local attorney before you decide to initiate an eviction action against a resident in the current environment as overlaying federal, state and county laws or restrictions on the judicial process may apply. This includes: issuing a notice to vacate, initiating any eviction-related action, or assessing fees or penalties on residents for nonpayment of rent or other lease violations. In addition to the below, you can access NAA's statutory information on late fees, eviction laws and other policy issues.

Shelter in Place

Effective Thursday, May 7, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has formally extended Michigan’s closure of Shelter-In-Place order. This order will remain in effect until Thursday, May 28, 2020. All businesses in the state—including manufacturers—must require masks to be worn when workers cannot consistently maintain six feet of separation from others, and consider face shields for those who cannot consistently maintain three feet of separation from other workers. 

Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-99, which rescinds and replaces Executive Order 2020-67 and Executive order 2020-68. All previous orders which rested on those orders now rest on Executive Order 2020-99. This order, which went into effect immediately, extends the state of emergency declaration throughout the State of Michigan, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, through Friday, June 19, 2020.

State of Emergency

Governor Gretchen Whitemer declared a state of emergency on March 10, 2020.

Eviction

Executive Order No. 2020-54

  • Action: Places a moratorium on evictions until June 11, 2020. Statutory limits on the Michigan Supreme Court to adjourn any proceedings, toll any redemption periods or limitations periods, or extend any deadlines are extended until 30 days after the restrictions on eviction expire. Suspends the process and execution of eviction orders.

  • Scope: Applies to all cases except those where a resident poses a substantial risk to another person or an imminent and severe risk to property.

  • COVID-19 Related Impact Requirement: No.

  • Residents Responsible for Rent: Yes.

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

No statewide emergency rental assistance for Michigan.

Rent Freeze

No rent freeze is in effect at the state or local level. Local rent regulation is preempted by Michigan Code § 123.411.

Price-Gouging Law

Under Michigan Code § 445.903, it is unlawful, regardless of a declaration of emergency, to charge a consumer a price that is grossly in excess of the price at which similar property or services are sold. Rental housing and housing facilities are not expressly identified in this statute.

State Legal and Regulatory Information

Detroit

Eviction

36th District Court Chief Judge William McConico issued an eviction moratorium effective immediately on March 16, 2020.

Lansing

Eviction

The Lansing Housing Commission, which manages more than 800 public housing units in the city of Lansing, has instituted a moratorium on new evictions "indefinitely."