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    Grand Rapids Passes New Affordable Housing Ordinance Package

    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: […]

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

    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 […]

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    Suggestions Regarding Criminals & Tenant Screening

    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 […]

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    Bills to Modify Eviction Process

    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 […]

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    Oregon Governor Signs Rent Control Legislation

    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 […]

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    Lots of Bad Bills Killed

    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 […]

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    URGENT: LLC Bill Needs Your Push…Make Calls Today!

    URGENT: LLC Bill Needs Your Push…Make Calls Today! For the first time in two decades, the “LLC bill” has a chance of passing.  The bill, HB 4463, would enable single-member LLC’s and LLC’s owned by married couples to handle their own evictions in court without an attorney.  The cases would be limited to the amount […]

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    City of GR Releases Administrative Policy; Clarifies Application Ordinance

    City of GR Releases Administrative Policy; Clarifies Application Ordinance The City of Grand Rapids has released an administrative policy around the new application ordinance that went into effect November 7, 2018. The policy includes minor clarifications of the ordinance that should help with compliance. The City stresses that the policy should not be viewed as […]

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    New GR Ordinance Kicks in Tomorrow. Are You Ready?

    New GR Ordinance Kicks in Tomorrow. Are You Ready? Are you ready? The new Grand Rapids Rental Application Fee Ordinance is effective tomorrow, November 7th. Any rental advertising and rental application taken and processed starting tomorrow will need to follow the requirements of the ordinance. (If you do not charge an application fee, the ordinance […]

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    Grand Rapids Application Ordinance Information

    Grand Rapids Application Ordinance Information The City of Grand Rapids adopted a residential rental application fee ordinance effective since November 7, 2018. The ordinance establishes rules for the collection and return of rental application fees and has requirements regarding documentation and disclosures in addition to those required under state and federal laws. Please note: the […]

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