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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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    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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