Know Your Rights

State and federal laws provide rights to people with disabilities when buying or renting a home to live. These rights include:

  • The right to buy a home if they can pay for it.
  • The right to rent a safe and affordable home to live in.
  • The right to reasonable accommodations for their disability.
  • The right to have sufficient notice before an eviction.
  • The right to file a complaint if they feel their rights have been violated.

Your Rights – Housing Basics

These resources are to inform people with disabilities about their rights and the landlord’s responsibilities when renting.  Items included are Michigan landlord-tenant law covering leases, subleasing, security deposits, repairs and maintenance, as well as sample letters and forms.

  • Disability Rights Michigan: Housing – Your Rights to Buy or Rent

These resources give information on the signs of housing discrimination and the four laws that protect individuals with disabilities from housing discrimination during the rental application process and while they are a tenant.

For additional information, questions and complaints visit the Fair Housing Centers in Michigan.

Fair Housing Centers in Michigan

What is Fair Housing? (Michigan State Housing Development Authority – MSHDA)

Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid MI
Phone: 1.877.979.3247 (FAIR)

Fair Housing Center of West MI (includes the U.P.)
Phone: 1.616.451.2980 or Toll-free 1.866.389.FAIR

Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan
Phone: 1.866.637.0733

Fair Housing of Metropolitan Detroit
Phone: 313.579.3247

This information is a service of Disability Rights Michigan (DRM). It provides general information, based on the law at the time we wrote it, and is not legal advice. You do not have an attorney-client relationship with DRM. If you need legal advice, you should contact an attorney. If you would like more information about this topic or would like to receive this information in an alternative format call DRM at 800.288.5923.

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