Detroit now requiring rental properties to be registered with the city

Posted at 6:39 PM, Jun 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-09 18:39:57-04

Detroit City Officials have a new plan to get rental properties up to code and in compliance. For those who don’t comply, city officials tell 7 Action News, they can expect costly tickets.

7 Action News has exposed unsafe living conditions at some Detroit rental properties. Tenants forced to pay rent while living in squalor, some dealing with no heat and no running water. City officials want that to end.

Friday, June 10th, a seminar will be held to assist landlords to bring their properties in compliance with city ordinances.  Employees with various departments will be available to help property owners with a wide range of issues, including registering rental properties, lead abatement, and handling squatters.

Landlords with vacant properties will be given 30 days to register rental properties with the City of Detroit. Those with occupied apartments or homes should register the property now. 

After the 30 days, inspectors will making visits to rental properties and those found not to be in compliance will be issued tickets, which can run into the hundreds of dollars depending on the violation.

Click here to find out more about how to register a rental property.

The Seminar for Landlords with Residential Properties will be held June 10, from 9 am to noon in the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 13th floor auditorium. Registration begins at 8 am. 

The seminar will focus on rental registration, obtaining a Certificate of Compliance, fire safety, crime preventions, evictions, addressing squatters, lead safety and abatement subsidies, blight violations, buying property, water accounts for tenants and taxes.