53rd District Court Landlord Tenant Information & Resources
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53rd District Court Landlord Tenant Information & Resources

Attention: Contact the Civil Department at (517) 540-7648 to confirm appearance at your scheduled court date/time. If you are scheduled to appear in-person, please invite only those individuals to attend the hearing that are a party to the litigation. On the day of your in-person hearing, please check in with a Civil Clerk at Jury Room B after you clear the security check point.

Eviction Diversion Program

The 53rd District Court offers an Eviction Diversion Program (EDP) under the assistance of Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM,) who is funded through United Way. Legal Services provides free legal advice and representation to low income individuals, families and older adults. If you qualify, this program will offer attorney assistance with your matter. The likely outcome is with LSSCM’s assistance your matter will be dismissed based on adherence to the terms of agreement. The tenant will not suffer credit bureau interference with future rental properties. If your matter has issues that can successfully be litigated before the court, LSSCM will represent you from trial to appeal process.

If you are interested in Legal Assistance/Eviction Diversion Program, please contact LSSCM at (517) 394-2985 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please contact the office within 48 hours of receiving this notice to maximize Legal Services ability to provide proper representation for your Landlord Tenant matter. 

Further Assistance:

Mediation Services: Dispute Resolution Center of Michigan

4133 Washtenaw Ave, Ste. B125
P.O. Box 8645
Ann Arbor, MI 48107
(734) 794-2125

MI-Resolve: https://cii2.courtinnovations.com/MIWDRC

 Michigan Public Legal Resources

1. Michigan Legal Help https://michiganlegalhelp.org/

Contains self-help tools for a wide variety of areas of law including criminal and landlord tenant. Also contains resources to help find self-help centers, community centers, courts, agencies, attorneys, and legal aid organizations.

2. Livingston County Legal Self-Help Center

Howell Carnegie District Library
314 W. Grand River Avenue
Howell, MI 48843

Gives the public access to computers to use MichiganLegalHelp.org. Self-help staff is available to answer any questions about the website, court practices and processes, and filling out court forms.

3. State Bar of Michigan – Legal Guides & Information

Contains various legal guides ranging from a Guide to Hiring a Lawyer and a Handbook of Legal Terms to Landlord Tenant: Security Deposits and Purchase & Sale of a Home.

4. Michigan One Court of Justice Website:

Main hub for accessing a variety of resources including court forms, the Michigan Court Rules, and Michigan Laws.

 Michigan Public Resources

MDHHS: (517) 548-0200
Assistance with food, housing, utilities etc.
Website: https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/

Gleaners Community Food Bank: (517) 548-3710
Distributes free and low cost food and personal care products that directly feed hungry people.
Website: www.gcfb.org

Love INC: (517) 552-3620
Provides emergency help with rent and utilities. 
Website: www.livingstonloveinc.org

Livingston County Veteran Services: (517) 546-6338
Helps Veterans with many different services.
Website: https://www.livgov.com/veterans

OLHSA: (517) 546-8500
Emergency assistance-utilities, housing, medical, prescriptions, and more.
Website: https://www.olhsa.org/

Red Cross: (517) 546-0326
Assists with shelter, food, and clothing in emergency situations.
Website: https://www.redcross.org/

The Salvation Army: (517) 546-4750
Help with shelter, rent, utilities, prescriptions, clothing, and more.

St. Vincent DePaul Society: (517) 371-4380
Provides emergency assistance with rent and utilities.

 Legal Aid & Law Related Organizations Within Livingston County

  1. Legal Services of South Central Michigan-Lansing Office

    Phone: (517) 394-2985
  2. Lakeshore Legal Aid

    Toll Free: (888) 783-8190
  3. U of M Law School – Civil Criminal Litigation Clinic

    Phone: (734) 763-4319
  4. University of Michigan Law School – Veterans Legal Clinic

    Phone: (734) 763-2798
    Email: ricele@umich.edu
  5. Michigan State University College of Law – Housing Clinic

    Phone: (517) 432-6880
    Email: clinic@law.msu.edu
  6. State of Michigan Bar Association

  7. Livingston County Bar Association