Tenant Response Letter to Dispute Damages

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TO: Landlord's Name

FROM: Your Name

In reponse to the list of damages you sent dated __________, which I didn’t receive until this date, __________, I am writing to dispute the following charges against my security deposit.

As required by Michigan law, I am responding to you by ordinary mail, within 7 days of when I received the list, indicating in detail my disagreement relative to the charges listed.

Disputed Damages

A total of all disputed charges amounts to $______________. Please refund this amount of my security deposit promptly: $______________.

Please note that under Michigan law, the security deposit is considered the lawful property of the tenant until the landlord establishes a right to the deposit or portions thereof. Within 45 days after termination of occupancy and not thereafter the landlord may commence an action in a court of competent jurisdiction for a money judgment for damages which he [or she] has claimed or in lieu thereof return the balance of the security deposit held by him [or her] to the tenant or any amount mutually agreed upon in writing by the parties.

If you wish to discuss this matter with me, please contact me at _________________________.


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