Can my landlord refuse to take my rent if I am late and evict me?

I owe $165 for last month and $675 for this month which I had already discussed with him. Additionally, I will be receiving assistance from the state starting this month to help pay my rent and at the time he was fine with it but now he is refusing to take my rent and giving me an eviction notice. Also I do state childcare out of my rental home where I take state payments for childcare for low income mothers. I have put a lot of work into this home with hs permission; the house looks great.

Asked on June 9, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Michigan


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, he can indeed refuse to take th rent if you are in  violation of your lease.  In fact, he has to refuse the ren to evict you.  If he took the rent he could not start the proceedings.  Also, please make sure that the business is not in violation of your lease agreement in general.  The use of the property might be residential only and then he could evict you on that basis.  Maybe go and seek help from legal aid who can help negotiate something for you.  Good luck.

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