Detroit pushing landlords to fix the heat or face fines

Posted at 5:44 PM, Dec 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-14 18:11:21-05

The city of Detroit is cracking down on landlords without working heat in their buildings, as the temperature plunges in the Metro.

7 Action News shadowed building inspectors with the city as they targeted known trouble spots - rental units known for lacking heat.

The city is posting emergency correction orders, telling landlords to fix the problem within 24 hours or face fines of up to $1000, depending on how big the property is.

After 7 days of non-compliance the building could be shut down.

“We are here to let them know it is time to start complying with the codes of the city,” said David Bell, Director of the Building Safety, Engineering and Environmental Department.

One hundred forty three buildings are being visited by 22 inspectors.

At the Frankfort Apartments on the east side, just one of the stops inspectors made, residents told 7 Action News they have been without heat for weeks.

Notices were put on doors and inspectors will follow up.

To report a dwelling without heat due to landlord non-compliance, you can call the city’s hotline at: 313-628-2451 or email