Advocacy Update

Written by Forrest Wall, CAE, Staff Vice President and Industry Relations

Whitmer Signs Eviction Legislation

One of the first bills introduced in the 2019-20 legislative session is now law. Senate Bill 3 – now Public Act 2 of 2019 – amends a section of the Summary Proceedings to Recover Possession of Premises chapter of the Revised Judicature Act. The new law revises the list of individuals a court could command to restore a plaintiff’s possession of premises following a judgement, and further specifies the procedure for removing personal property. Under existing law, a court entering a judgement for possession in a summary proceeding must issue a writ commanding a sheriff, or other officer authorized to serve process, to restore full possession. The new law expands the individuals the court can assign to include bailiffs of the issuing court, deputy sheriffs of the county in which the court is located, or an officer of a law enforcement agency of the local unit of government in which the court is located. The bill then specifies that all personal property from the premises must be left in an area open to the public or in the public right-of-way, or by delivering the property to the sheriff as authorized by the sheriff. The new law will take effect on July 2, 2019. This legislation was the second bill signed by Governor Whitmer since she began her term in office.

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