Security Deposit Return In Michigan

In the state of Michigan, a landlord has 30 days from tenant move-out to return the tenant’s security deposit* to the forwarding address provided**. If the landlord has made any deduction from the security deposit, the landlord must include an itemized list of such deductions along with the amount withheld or approximate cost to repair. The landlord must include a check or money order for the difference between the tenant’s original security deposit and any deductions made.

This itemized list must include the following statement written in 12 point boldface type, and must be at least 4 points larger than the rest of the notice:

“You must respond to this notice by mail within 7 days after receipt of same, otherwise you will forfeit the amount claimed for damages.

*(If a landlord does not provide the tenant with this notice within 30 days, the landlord forfeits their right to keep any of the tenant’s security deposit.)

**(If the tenant has not provided the landlord with a forwarding address within four days of move-out (see exception under “written notice” below), the landlord is exempt from having to provide a notice of damages, but not from having to return the tenant’s portion of the security deposit.)

Tenant Response:

The tenant has seven days to respond to this notice indicating their agreement or spelling out their disagreement with the charges.

Landlord Response:

If the tenant disputes the amount of deposit kept for damages and the landlord and tenant cannot reach an agreement, the landlord must initiate a lawsuit in court within 45 days of tenant move-out in order to retain the portion of the security deposit they have kept. Failure of the landlord to file a suit when there is a dispute may result in the landlord owing the tenant two times the security deposit.

Is Written Notice Required After Receipt of the Security Deposit in Michigan?

Yes. A landlord must provide the tenant with written notice and with an inventory checklist.

Written Notice:

This written notice must be given within 14 days of tenant move-in and must include:

  • The landlord’s name.
  • The landlord’s address.
  • The name of the bank, financial institution or surety where the security deposit is being held.
  • The address of the bank, financial institution or surety where the security deposit is being held. 

It's the tenant’s obligation to provide the landlord with the tenant’s forwarding address within four days of the tenant’s move out. This statement must be written in 12 point boldface type, which must be 4 points larger than the rest of the notice.

You must notify your landlord in writing within 4 days after you move of a forwarding address where you can be reached and where you will receive mail; otherwise your landlord shall be relieved of sending you an itemized list of damages and the penalties adherent to that failure.