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2013 House Bill 5069: Authorize penalties on rental property “squatters”

Public Act 223 of 2014

Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on October 8, 2013 To establish that the usual restrictions and penalties on a landlord interfering with a tenant’s legitimate possession of a rented residence do not apply in the case of “squatters,” defined by the bill as a person who took possession by “forcible entry, holds possession by force after a peaceable entry, or came into possession by trespass.” House Bill 5070 authorizes criminal penalties for some squatting violations.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Criminal Justice Committee on October 8, 2013
Reported in the House on October 30, 2013 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on November 13, 2013
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on November 13, 2013
Passed 89 to 21 in the House on November 14, 2013 (same description)
To establish that the usual restrictions and penalties on a landlord interfering with a tenant’s legitimate possession of a rented residence do not apply in the case of “squatters,” defined by the bill as a person who took possession by “forcible entry, holds possession by force after a peaceable entry, or came into possession by trespass.” House Bill 5070 authorizes criminal penalties for some squatting violations.
Received in the Senate on December 3, 2013
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 3, 2013
Reported in the Senate on January 15, 2014 With the recommendation that the substitute (S­1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Passed 32 to 5 in the Senate on June 11, 2014 (same description)
To establish that the usual restrictions and penalties on a landlord interfering with a tenant’s legitimate possession of a rented residence do not apply in the case of “squatters,” defined by the bill as a person who took possession by “forcible entry, holds possession by force after a peaceable entry, or came into possession by trespass.” House Bill 5070 authorizes criminal penalties for some squatting violations.
Received in the House on June 12, 2014
Passed 98 to 12 in the House on June 12, 2014
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 21, 2014

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