There will always be a notice period required by the tenant, and in Michigan the law states that the tenant must provide a month’s notice to the landlord.
The term “quit and holdover” is standard language in a residential lease agreement. As used in lease agreements, the term refers to the act of providing your intent as a tenant as to what you will do when the lease term expires - stay or vacate. There will always be a notice period required by the tenant, and in Michigan the law states that the tenant must provide a month’s notice to the landlord. This is true whether the lease governs a fixed term agreement or a month-to-month agreement. Failure to provide proper notice will cause the lease to revert to a month-to-month agreement. In addition, the tenant’s continued possession of the rental unit after the original agreement has terminated and without the consent of the landlord will result in the rent to increase to double the monthly rental amount (e.g. holdover rent). The holdover tenant may also be responsible for any further losses incurred by the landlord, as determined by the appropriate courts.
Failure to pay rent and rent changes
Landlords always want to be paid on time, and sometimes getting paid at all, even if the payment is late, is better than the alternatives. However, if a tenant in Michigan neglects or refuses to pay rent when due, the landlord has the option to terminate the tenancy by giving the tenant a written 7-day notice to quit.
To be fair, a landlord can never change the rent amount during the agreement term. However, the landlord can change the rent amount for a tenancy subsequent to the agreement term by providing one month’s written notice to the tenant of the change. A common occurrence of this type of rent change is the landlord providing notice that the rent will increase for the next year of the tenancy, should the tenant renew the lease. By providing at least one month’s notice the tenant can make the decision to stay, or “quit” and find another rental.