Proceedings to recover possession of premises and/or obtain a money judgment.

The action must be filed at the District Court where the premises are located.

If there is a claim for a money judgment on a landlord tenant case, the District Court has jurisdiction up to $25,000.  If a claim for money exceeds the court's jurisdiction, the District Court determines the possession issue and the Circuit Court determines the money portion.

Partnerships may not be represented in court by officers, directors, or other employees who are not licensed to practice law in Michigan.


When filing a landlord/tenant suit against one (1) defendant, you must have:

  • Three (3) copies of the notice for non-payment of rent or termination of tenancy
  • Three (3) copies of the lease/rental agreement, if applicable
  • One (1) carbon pack summons or five (5) copies
  • One (1) carbon pack complaint or five (5) copies
  • One (1) first-class stamped envelope addressed to the defendant with adequate postage
  • One (1) first-class stamped envelope addressed to the plaintiff
  • Appropriate filing fee - court officer will bill you for service - ($23 plus mileage, 1-1/2 times $.565/mile)

When filing a landlord/tenant suit against two (2) defendants, you must have:

  • Five (5) copies of the notice for non-payment of rent or termination of tenancy
  • Five (5) copies of the lease/rental agreement, if applicable
  • Two (2)  carbon pack summons or seven (7) copies - please list both defendant's names on each form
  • Two (2)  carbon pack complaints or seven (7) copies - please list both defendant's names on each form
  • Two (2) first-class stamped envelopes - one addressed to each defendant with adequate postage
  • One (1) first-class stamped envelope addressed to the plaintiff
  • Appropriate filing fee - court officer will bill you for service ($23 plus mileage, 1-1/2 times $.565/mile)