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Required for all Detroit rental properties:

 

The Buildings, Safety, Engineering & Environmental Department (BSEED) is responsible for making sure that all rental properties in the city are properly registered, up to code and have obtained a certificate of compliance (CofC).

The city has passed an ordinance that would do several things to improve the rental compliance process, including:

  • The ability for the city to withhold certificates of compliance to landlords who are more than six months delinquent on their property taxes and owe more than $1,000.
  • Providing landlords an expedited process for appealing the denial or suspension of a certificate of compliance.
  • Less frequent inspections required for quality landlords who, for at least one year, have remained current on their taxes and have received no blight violations. The ordinance would extend certifications from one year to two years for multi-family dwellings and to three years for one- and two-family dwellings.
  • Maintaining annual lead hazard inspections. Under the Proposed ordinance, all rental properties – even those with two- or three-year certifications, will require an annual lead risk assessment and clearance. The annual assessment can be waived only if the property owner has taken more long term or permanent measures to abate the lead.

 

The schedule for the first six ZIP codes is as follows:

ZIP Code Launch Date Registration Date Compliance Date
48215 February 1, 2018 May 1, 2018 August 1, 2018
48224 March 1, 2018 June 1, 2018 September 1, 2018
48223 May 1, 2018 August 1, 2018 November 1, 2018
48219 June 1, 2018 September 1, 2018 December 1, 2018
48209 July 1, 2018 October 1, 2018 January 1, 2019
48210 August 1, 2018 November 1, 2018 February 1, 2019

Support for good landlords

 

  • The city will provide landlords an expedited process for appealing the denial or suspension of a certificate of compliance.
  • Less frequent inspections required for quality landlords who, for at least one year, have remained current on their taxes and have received no blight violations.  The ordinance would extend certifications from one year to two years for multi-family dwellings and to three years for one- and two-family dwellings.
  • Maintaining annual lead risk assessments. Under the ordinance, all rental properties — even those with two- or three-year certifications — will require an annual lead risk assessment and clearance. The annual assessment can be waived only if the property owner has taken more long-term or permanent measures to abate the lead.

 

“We’ve got to increase the quality of life for the neighbors and the tenants in the city of Detroit,” said Bell, director of the Buildings, Safety Engineering & Environmental Department. “We can’t do that without getting rid of unnecessary requirements and providing an adequate amount of time for the landlord’s to come into compliance. This ordinance creates a win for everyone and moves the neighborhoods forward.”

 

Inspection Timelines

Bell pointed out that while compliance efforts will be conducted a ZIP code at a time, his inspectors still will respond to complaints of health and safety violations citywide as they arise. He also said his team will be able to conduct inspections in the active enforcement zone within four days of a request. Requests for inspections that fall outside of the active enforcement zone will be conducted within 30 days. To prepare for this, the City has added seven additional inspectors and partnered with four outside inspection companies to get inspections done in a timelier manner.

 

Getting Certified: How to Get Started

Owners of rental buildings can start their process today by registering their property online at www.detroitmi.gov/rental.  To help owners registered of one- and two-family rental buildings get their inspections done as soon as possible, the city has listed on this website the names and contact information for the private company partners that have been approved to do that work.  City BSEED staff will continue to conduct all inspections at larger multi-unit apartment buildings.

There are nearly 40,000 rental properties in the city, the majority of which are not properly registered and have no current certificate of compliance.  In 2015, the city launched a process to encourage more landlords to register their properties.  Since that time, the city has increased its number of registered rental properties from about 2,000 to more than 6,000 today.

Resource Links

Quick Steps to Obtain a Certificate of Compliance
Lead Ordinance Requirements for Property Owners
Property Maintenance FAQs 
Property Maintenance Forms 
Property Maintenance Fees
Property Maintenance Ordinance Code
Property Maintenance Ordinance Code-Amendment
Rental Dwellings Inspections and Requirements
State of Michigan Rental Landlord Tenant Guide 
State of Michigan Lead Risk Assessors
Vacant Buildings Inspections and Maintenance
Review of Basis for Rental Inspections