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. Members of the public are required to wear a facial mask while in the building. 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 and Information
https://lrs.michbar.org/LRS-Info/Legal-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:
 www.courts.mi.gov

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

 Michigan Public Resources

MDHHS: Tel: 517.548.0200
Assistance with food, housing, utilities etc.
Website: https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/

Gleaners Community Food Bank: Tel: 517.548.3710
Distributes free and low cost food and personal care products that directly feed hungry people.
Website: www.gcfb.org

Love INC-the Greater: Tel: 517.552.3620
Provides emergency help with rent/utilities networking with local churches.
Website: www.livingstonloveinc.org

Livingston County Veterans Services: Tel: 517.546.6338
Helps Veterans with many different services.
Website: https://www.livgov.com/veterans

OLHSA: Tel: 517.546.8500
Emergency assistance-utilities, housing, medical, prescriptions and more.
Website: https://www.olhsa.org/

Red Cross: Tel: 517.546.0326
Assists with shelter, food and clothing in emergency situations.
Website: https://www.redcross.org/

The Salvation Army: Tel: 517.546.4750
Help with shelter, rent, utilities, prescriptions, clothing, and more.
https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/livingstoncounty/

St. Vincent DePaul Society: Tel: 517.-371.4380
Provides emergency assistance with rent & utilities
https://www.svdpusa.org/

 Legal-Aid and Other Law-Related Organizations serving Livingston County

  1. Legal Services of South Central Michigan-Lansing Office
    Phone: 517.394.2985
    Toll Free: 888.783.9190
    www.lsscm.org

  2. Elder Law of Michigan
    Phone: 517.485.9164
    Toll Free: 866.400.9164
    www.elderlawofmi.org 

  3. U of M Law School – Civil Criminal Litigation Clinic
    Phone: 734.763.4319
    http://www.law.umich.edu/clinical/generalclinic/Pages/default.aspx

  4. University of Michigan Law School – Veterans Legal Clinic
    Phone: 734.763.2798
    Email: ricele@umich.edu
    https://www.law.umich.edu/clinical/veterans/Pages/default.aspx

  5. Michigan State University College of Law – Housing Clinic
    Phone: 517.432.6880
    Email: clinic@law.msu.edu
    https://www.law.msu.edu/clinics/housing.html