Michigan Property Transfer: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Transfer of interest in real property: Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) 324.20116

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Disclosure of restrictions: MCL 324.20120a

Hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs): Michigan Administrative Code (MAC) r. 299.9525

Underground storage tanks (USTs): MAC r. 29.2113

Regulatory Agency

Michigan Department of Environmental Protection (DEQ) Environmental Response Division

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Michigan has no specific property transfer law that requires the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to certify the condition of property before a real estate transfer may take place. However, Michigan does have property transfer disclosure laws that cover sites that have contamination present above standards, where hazardous waste was treated stored or disposed of or where a regulated underground storage tank is present. These disclosure rules apply to both commercial and residential land uses.

Administration and enforcement. The DEQ administers and enforces the property transfer and remediation requirements in Michigan.

State Requirements


For more information on contaminated sites, see the state section SUPERFUND. In addition to this section, management of older, abandoned commercial sites is discussed in the state section BROWNFIELDS. For information on transfer of sites that actively manage hazardous wastes, see the state sections RCRA and CLOSURE AND POST CLOSURE PLANS.

Any site that has an active water or air discharge permit will typically require DEQ notification that an ownership change ...

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State Requirements

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Michigan Property Transfer Resources

Forms Well Disclosure Certificate

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