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Domestic Violence and Michigan Landlord - Tenant Law

The Michigan Landlord Tenant Relationship Act ("LTRA") regulates rental agreements between landlords and tenants of residential property. In 2010, this act was amended to include a clause that releases tenants from their payment obligations when the tenant has reasonable apprehension of present danger arising from domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

Michigan No Points Traffic Ticket Law

On December 31, 2010, a new Michigan law (MCL 257.320d) went into effect. This law permits individuals to attend traffic school to avoid certain minor traffic tickets from getting reported to insurance companies. Like any law, however, there are certain requirements that must be met. First, you must have a valid, unrestricted, unsuspended, and non-revoked license with less than three points on your record. Second, the ticketed driver must not have been driving a commercial vehicle nor be licensed as a commercial driver. Third, the ticket cannot be for any misdemeanor offense. Fourth, the violation carries less than four points. Fifth, the ticketed individual must not have received more than one moving violation arising out of the same incident. Sixth, the ticket cannot be for failing to stop for a school bus or for violating a governor imposed emergency speed limit. Finally, the ticketed individual must not have received another eligible ticket within 60 days and must not have ever previously obtained the benefit of this law. The Secretary of State has taken the position that the ticket also must have been received on or after December 31, 2010 to be eligible. However, the law does not on its face seem to support the Secretary of State's position and it is likely that this issue will be litigated at some point in the future.

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