Ann Arbor Tenants Union v. Ann Arbor YMCA
Michigan Court of Appeals
581 N.W.2d 794, 229 Mich. App. 431 (1998)
The Ann Arbor YMCA (YMCA) (defendant) rented rooms to low-income individuals. The residents were prohibited from storing food or personal belongings in their rooms. Residents were also prohibited from bringing visitors to their rooms. Further, the YMCA retained keys to the rooms and reserved the right to enter the rooms for purposes of security, inspection, and maintenance. The Ann Arbor Tenants Union (union) (plaintiff) requested a declaratory judgment, seeking a judicial declaration that the relationship between the YMCA and its residents was one of landlord-tenant. The union wanted to establish that the state statutes that applied to landlords were applicable to the YMCA. The YMCA argued that its relationship with its residents was one of hotel-guest. The trial court held that the relationship was one of landlord-tenant. The YMCA appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Smolenski, J.)
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