Advocacy Update

Forrest WallWritten by Forrest Wall, CAE, Vice President Government Affairs and Industry Relations

Additional Legislation Proposed to Limit Evictions
Two bills introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives – unrelated to the national moratorium on evictions – would further restrict evictions as a result of the pandemic and establish an unreasonable use of security deposit funds. House Bill 5962, introduced in July, would amend the Revised Judicature Act to prohibit property owners from evicting residents or sending a notice to quit until 60 days after the termination of the COVID-19 emergency orders. The legislation also prohibits courts from the following: accepting a filing for summons or complaint; entering an order or judgment for a plaintiff for possession; issuing a writ of restitution or order of eviction; denying a stay of a writ of restitution or order for eviction or a continuation of a summary proceeding; or scheduling a court event. House Bill 5963 would amend the Landlord and Tenant Relationships Act to allow a resident to request their security deposit be used to pay rent during a state of emergency as declared by the Governor. The bills have been referred to the Committee on Judiciary and the Committee on Regulatory Reform where AAM is opposing them. These bills join recently introduced Senate bills which would statutorily restrict rental property evictions during a state of emergency.

Help AAM Make A Difference In The Election!
With all 110 seats in the Michigan House of Representatives up for election this year, AAM needs your help to maintain our strong voice for the multifamily rental property industry. One great way you can assist us is by supporting AAM-PAC. AAM-PAC is the Apartment Association’s political action committee, which utilizes contributions from members and aggregates them into one fund. This fund is used to financially support those elected officials who understand the important role of rental housing in Michigan’s economy. In short, we do the legwork for you to find the candidates who will best represent your business, and then support their campaign.

Remember, AAM-PAC contributions must be made via personal, partnership, LLP, or LLC check or credit cards. Please call me at 248-862-1004 to make your contribution today!

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