The ECU offers an Unreturned Rental Property Diversion Program. This diversion option was created to help businesses that rent items (e.g., cars, DVDs, etc.) to improve their bottom lines. The diversion program is free to businesses and is designed to help with the recovery of past due rental property.
Michigan Compiled Laws § 750.362A states that it is a crime for a renter to willfully fail to return rental property upon notification by the business. Based on the value of the rented item, punishment may range from a 93-day misdemeanor to a 10-year felony.
The Unreturned Rental Property Diversion Program covers (but is not limited to) equipment rentals, movie rentals (DVDs, etc.), and library books. Contact our office if you have a question about an item that is covered under this program.
How does the Rental Property Diversion Program work?
The Rental Property Diversion Program will be similar to our Bad Check Diversion Program. Businesses have the opportunity to file a complaint with the ECU if a renter does not return rental property on the due date. In order to use the program, businesses must follow certain procedures. See below for more information.