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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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12 Affordable Housing Strategies

A small committee of Grand Rapids officials has put together 12 affordable housing strategies for the city to consider implementing. The Housing Advisory Committee was appointed by Mayor Rosalynn Bliss and includes 20 members, including Clay Powell, RPOA Director. They began meeting in November 2016 and came up with over 30 ideas, but chose 12 […]

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Class Action Lawsuit Goes Forward to Prevent “Point of Sale Inspections”

Class Action Lawsuit Goes Forward to Prevent “Point of Sale Inspections”   Some communities around the country are requiring home owners to subject themselves and their properties to government inspections at the “point of sale” of their residential property.  The current case was filed with the Federal court in Cleveland, Ohio demanding that point of […]

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Attention Investors Using Seller Financing!

Attention Investors Using Seller Financing: Your Action is Needed Now to Remove Restrictions on Seller Financing! Those investors using seller financing (e.g. land contracts) under current Federal law must have a mortgage originator’s license and be registered as such to do more than one seller financed transaction in a twelve month period (or no more […]

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Bill Introduced in House to Allow 30 Day Notice

Bill Introduced in House to Allow 30 Day Notice Currently, if you’d like to change the terms and conditions of your six-month or year lease, you’d have to wait until the end of the lease—unless your tenants agree with the changes in writing. Michigan House bill 4847 was introduced this month to change all that. […]

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Ask the House to Stop “Drive-by” ADA Lawsuits

Ask the House to Stop “Drive-by” ADA Lawsuits Federal bill H.R. 620, The ADA Education and Reform Act, was introduced on January 24, 2017 by Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX), Scott Peters (D-CA), Ken Calvert (R-CA), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Michael Conaway (R-TX), and Ami Bera (D-CA).  This legislation closes the loophole in the federal law that […]

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