Is a landlord required by Michigan law to provide tenant with a key?

A friend of mine is renting from a local business owner who refuses to give her a key to access the building in which she lives. When confronted about this the business owner simply states that she does not trust the tenant enough to give her a key. Her restaurant/bar is located on the first level of the building. The owner also lives there and continues to lock her tenant out of the building. Is this a legal practice? The restaurant/bar is able to be secured.. the owner just doesn't lock it up.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    That's illegal. When a landlord rents a property, they must provide a key to the premises. Tell the friend to contact the local ministry or department of housing and ask for their help. Good luck!

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