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    City of Grand Rapids Expands Fair Housing Protections as of December 1st

    City of Grand Rapids Expands Fair Housing Protections as of December 1st As recently reported in an article by the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan, the Grand Rapids City Commission unanimously passed a human rights ordinance on August 27th in an effort to protect members of various protected classes from being discriminated against in […]

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    Michigan Legislative Update for 2019-2020 Session

    Michigan Legislative Update for 2019-2020 Session The legislature is in recess as of the date of this article, but here are a few outstanding bills that may see movement (or not) before the end of the year or the end of the 2019-20 session. First up: Budget. As most people probably know, the Michigan legislature […]

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    Short-Term Rental Legislation

    Short-Term Rental Legislation As the fall legislative session kicks into full gear, discussions are ramping up on the subject of short-term rentals. As readers may be aware, there are several bills in the legislative hopper dealing with the subject of whether or not a community can ban short-term rentals or make them nearly impossible to […]

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    Groups Aim for Compromise on Short-Term Rental Legislation

    Groups Aim for Compromise on Short-Term Rental Legislation After intense debate in recent years, Holland’s short-term rental pilot program has proven to be less eventful than some city leaders had feared. Holland’s program, which expires in 2020, allows short-term rentals in all areas of the city. Before the pilot program, Holland only allowed short-term rentals […]

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    Support Animal Bills Introduced to Stop Abuse

    Support Animal Bills Introduced to Stop Abuse Two bills have been introduced into the Michigan House that would make it more difficult for tenants to falsify the need for emotional support animals. HB 4910 creates regulations that would require a prescription and request for reasonable accommodation for emotional support animals. HB 4911 provides for early […]

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    Vote for RPOA-Supported Candidates in Upcoming Elections

    Vote for RPOA-Supported Candidates in Upcoming Elections The RPOA has interviewed many candidates running for the upcoming city elections. The RPOA chooses to support the candidates that exhibit an understanding of the issues facing rental property owners and real estate investors. The RPOA encourages RPOA members to vote for the following candidates:   City of […]

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    City Lead Advisory Committee Hears About “Model” Codes

    City Lead Advisory Committee Hears About “Model” Codes The City of Grand Rapids “Lead Free Kids GR Advisory Committee” heard a final report at its meeting in June from a consultant from D.C. funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Child Lead Exposure Elimination Innovations Grant. The consultant, David E. Jacobs, with […]

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    RPOA Supports Candidates in City Elections

    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 […]

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    Court Rules Township Can Ban Short-Term Rentals

    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 […]

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

    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 […]

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