Evictions. "Beginning July 16, 2020, Michigan landlords and lenders are strongly encouraged to take advantage of COVID-19 housing debt remedies, rather than pursuing eviction or foreclosure." EO 2020-134.
Further, subject to the conditions set out in EO 2020-134(3)-(4), a conditional dismissal under MCR 2.602, of a claim based on COVID-19 housing debt may provide for the Eviction Diversion Program or any similar relief fund established to pay up to 90% of the amount due to the plaintiff (subject to fund availability) via a lump sum rental assistance payment. EO 2020-134(3).
Effective September 4, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued an order temporarily halting evictions to stop the spread of COVID-19. The order remains in effect through December 31, 2020. The State Court Administrative Office has prepared FAQs to help district court judges and administrators respond to the order. Additional information is available at Michigan Legal Help, including a DIY toolkit to help defendants sign the declaration that covered persons must present to landlords.
Summary Proceedings. Administrative Order No. 2020-17 sets forth several provisions regarding landlord/tenant actions once courts are able to begin conducting summary proceedings. Among other things, AO 2020-17 addresses the prioritization and scheduling of hearings, pleadings, and required notifications to the parties in an effort to “help limit the possibility of further infection while ensuring that landlord/tenant cases are able to be filed and adjudicated efficiently.” AO 2020-17 “is effective until further order of the Court.” See also the guidance document issued in conjunction with and the FAQs on AO 2020-17.