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Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know Were Part of the Code

Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know Were Part of the Code AKA:  When the City Lets You Off the Hook Occasionally, there are things in the City of Grand Rapids Property Maintenance Code that run counter to the code that was in place when homes were built.  Some of these are just plain annoying while others […]

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Help Us, Help You.

Help Us, Help You. You hear it all the time in the media… When it comes to law making and politics, money makes all the difference.  No truer words were spoken.  In order for the real estate investor and rental property owner industry to be effective at lobbying, it must pay to be heard. Annually, […]

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The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act Impacts Real-Estate Investors

The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act Impacts Real-Estate Investors By Duane Culver The years 2018 to 2025 will see lower tax rates and higher tax deductions for many individuals and corporations under the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act.  Some of the tax changes begin before 2018, on September 28th, 2017, and others extend indefinitely beyond […]

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Carson Says HUD Will Reinterpret Obama Fair Housing Rule

Carson Says HUD Will Reinterpret Obama Fair Housing Rule HousingWire is reporting that HUD will be reinterpreting a controversial fair housing rule promulgated by the Obama administration in 2015 that requires cities & towns receiving federal funding to research local housing patterns for racial bias and design a plan to address any measurable biases.  The […]

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Municipalities Can No Longer Trample on Tenants Right’s Under U.S. Constitution RPOA Wins 4 Year Fight

Municipalities Can No Longer Trample on Tenants Right’s Under U.S. Constitution RPOA Wins 4 Year Fight Governor Snyder signed Senate Bill 107 into law on November 28, 2017.  The bill, popularly called the “Tenant Permission Bill,” was promoted by the Rental Property Owners Association of Michigan (RPOA-M), Apartment Association of Michigan (AAM) and the local […]

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Landlords Could Take Big Hit Under New Tax Bill

Landlords Could Take Big Hit Under New Tax Bill It could be an oversight—or it could be political leverage—but whatever it is, the tax bill as passed by the U.S. Senate would hammer rental property owner’s bottom line.  The tax bills have been moving so fast that perhaps the reality of the proposed changes hasn’t […]

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Municipalities Can No Longer Trample on Tenants Right’s Under U.S. Constitution

Municipalities Can No Longer Trample on Tenants Right’s Under U.S. Constitution Governor Snyder signed Senate Bill 107 into law on November 28, 2017.  The bill, popularly called the “Tenant Permission Bill,” was promoted by the Rental Property Owners Association of Michigan (RPOA-M), Apartment Association of Michigan (AAM) and the local Rental Property Owners Association in […]

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Kent County Lead Task Force Issues Draft Recommendations Public Comment is Requested

Kent County Lead Task Force Issues Draft Recommendations Public Comment is Requested GRAND RAPIDS – The Kent County Lead Task Force (KCLTF) created a draft of recommendations for the Board of Commissioners to consider regarding the public health threat caused by lead. Members are committed to hearing voices throughout the community, seeking input on the […]

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LLC Bill Passes Out of House

LLC Bill Passes Out of House   For the first time in 20 years, the RPOA of Michigan’s bill to enable LLC’s to represent themselves in court has passed the first hurdle of the legislative process.  House Bill 4463 was passed out of the Michigan House on Wednesday, September 27 and moved to the Senate […]

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Lead Task Force Recommendations Coming Soon

Lead Task Force Recommendations Coming Soon The RPOA has learned that the Kent County Lead Task Force will be making formal recommendations to the Kent County Commission soon.  Some of the recommendations anticipated are not favorable to the effective operation of affordable housing.  The RPOA will be paying close attention to developments and acting as […]

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