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Detroit tightens rental regulations, cracks down on landlords

Posted at 4:20 PM, Nov 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-02 17:37:58-04

The city will be cracking down on landlords who rent homes that are not up to code.

An ordinance passed Tuesday that will make it harder for landlords to collect rent money -- if their properties have violations.

Andre Spivey, a Detroit City Councilman who worked hard on getting the new regulations into enforcement, says it will protect people living in dangerous situations.

"There is already an ordinance right now where you have to register, we just added more teeth to it,” he said.

The ordinance will create a website for tenants to inquire about rental properties to make sure the owners are keeping up with the home -- and are not behind on property taxes.

And If a tenant lives in a home that is not up to code, they can put their rent money in escrow until the landlord makes the changes.

"When you go down any street in Detroit. You won't be able to tell what is a homeowner-occupied resident or a landlord-tenant occupied situation," said Spivey.

The ordinance passed Tuesday but won't go in effect until next year, giving landlords several months to get their properties in compliance.

To see the new Detroit rental regulations, click here.