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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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    Overview of Application Ordinance: Tonight!

    Overview of Application Ordinance: Tonight! The Rental Property Owners Association (RPOA), Property Management Association of West Michigan and the City of Grand Rapids will present a presentation on the new Grand Rapids Application Ordinance that goes into effect November 7, 2018.  The presentation will include an overview of the ordinance, how to comply, and enforcement […]

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    Support RPOA Candidates on November 6th

    Support RPOA Candidates on November 6th Each election cycle the RPOA interviews candidates running for certain local and/or state offices (typically state offices within districts within Kent and Ottawa Counties.)  The RPOA chooses to support those candidates that exhibit an understanding of rental property, real estate and the issues facing the industry and are generally […]

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    City to Host Training on New Application Ordinance

    City to Host Training on New Application Ordinance The City of Grand Rapids will join the RPOA for landlord and property management company training to explain the ins and outs of the new City of Grand Rapids application ordinance which will go into effect November 7, 2018. The RPOA will provide a detailed look at […]

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    Licensed Builder and M&A Contractors: New State Agency Oversight

    Licensed Builder and M&A Contractors: New State Agency Oversight LARA announced on August 17th that the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has decided to move the licensing of residential builders and M&A contractors from the Bureau of Professional Licensing (BPL) to the Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC). This move takes effect on August 27, […]

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    Freddie Mac Has a New Plan to Cap Rent Increases

    Freddie Mac Has a New Plan to Cap Rent Increases We have had several posts about rent control and its harmful unintended consequences, and now this: The Wall Street Journal (as reposted by Realtor.com) is reporting that Freddie Mac (in a new twist in controlling rent increases) is launching a new program that will offer […]

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