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    RPOA Supports Candidates in City Elections

    June 11th, 2019

    RPOA Supports Candidates in City Elections The RPOA has completed its candidate interviews for city races in the area and has chosen to support the following candidates:   City of Grand Rapids Mayor: Rosalynn Bliss Ward 1 Commissioner: Jon O’Connor Ward 2 Commissioner: Wendy Falb   City of East Grand Rapids Mayor: Amna Seibold Ward […]

    Court Rules Township Can Ban Short-Term Rentals

    June 4th, 2019

    Court Rules Township Can Ban Short-Term Rentals An Ottawa County couple hoping to rent their Spring Lake Township home on a short-term basis was recently dealt a blow. A three-judge Michigan Court of Appeals panel unanimously affirmed the township’s denial of Susan Reaume’s application for a short-term rental license that would have allowed her and her […]

    Bill Would Require Disclosure of Lead Lines; City of Grand Rapids Paying to Replace Water Lines

    May 28th, 2019

    Bill Would Require Disclosure of Lead Lines; City of Grand Rapids Paying to Replace Water Lines A bill being drafted in the Michigan House would require water departments to notify property owners of existing lead service lines. Furthermore, the bill would require rental property owners to disclose the existence of such lines before renting to […]

    Grand Rapids Passes New Affordable Housing Ordinance Package

    April 23rd, 2019

    Grand Rapids Passes New Affordable Housing Ordinance Package The City of Grand Rapids passed a package of zoning ordinance changes to assist with the development of more affordable housing in the city.  The new ordinances are aimed at implementing, in part, the Housing Now recommendations from May 1, 2017. The three changes as passed include: […]

    City Proposes Changes to Fair Housing Regs in Grand Rapids: Public Hearing April 23 at 7:00 p.m.

    April 23rd, 2019

    City Proposes Changes to Fair Housing Regs in Grand Rapids Public Hearing April 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the City Commission Chambers As part of a new Human Rights ordinance, the City of Grand Rapids will tweak its existing ordinances regarding fair housing. The ordinance would require rental property owners to use caution when screening […]

    Suggestions Regarding Criminals & Tenant Screening

    April 23rd, 2019

    Suggestions Regarding Criminals & Tenant Screening On April 18, 2019, HUD issued guidelines dictating to landlords that they must not use a blanket “no criminals” screening criteria. Since then, the RPOA has been discussing the new policy with the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan and our attorneys. We’ve also received various suggestions from other […]

    Bills to Modify Eviction Process

    March 12th, 2019

    Bills to Modify Eviction Process Two bills were introduced in the Senate by Sen. Lucido that slightly modify the current law around evictions or when a tenant abandons their unit. The first bill adds additional individuals to the list of those authorized to determine if a tenant has abandoned their rental unit. In addition to […]

    Oregon Governor Signs Rent Control Legislation

    March 12th, 2019

    Oregon Governor Signs Rent Control Legislation During the last week of February, Oregon became the first U.S. state to pass comprehensive statewide rent-control legislation which aims to be the latest solution to an affordable housing crisis already exacerbated by previous regulatory burdens such as urban growth boundaries and overly restrictive zoning. More on Oregon law can […]

    HUD Drastically Cutting Notice for Inspections of Public Housing & Privately-Owned Apartment Buildings

    March 5th, 2019

    HUD Drastically Cutting Notice for Inspections of Public Housing & Privately-Owned Apartment Buildings The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced it is dramatically reducing the advance notice it gives public housing authorities (PHAs) and private owners of HUD-subsidized apartment developments before their housing is inspected to ensure it is decent, safe […]

    Lots of Bad Bills Killed

    January 8th, 2019

    Lots of Bad Bills Killed The 2017-2018 Michigan legislative session presented another round of bad legislation that, if passed, would have negatively impacted rental housing and investment real estate. Fortunately, the Rental Property Owners Association of Michigan (RPOA-M) was able to influence legislators and prevent these bills from making it out of committee.  Here’s a […]