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Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act and Housing

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act and Housing Below is a summary of the housing portion of the relief act just passed by Congress. On March 25, 2020, the Committee on Appropriations, Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy, released a summary of Senate Bill 3548, now known as the “The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security […]

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Emotional Support Animal Bill Passes House

Emotional Support Animal Bill Passes House We all need some good news! Well—here you go: The emotional support animal bill, HB 4910 H-4, passed out of the Michigan House on March 17 and is now in the Senate. The senate appears to be looking on this bill favorably. In short, the bill would make it illegal for tenants […]

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How to Handle Move-Ins/Outs, Turns and Repairs During Stay at Home Order

How to Handle Move-Ins/Outs, Turns and Repairs During Stay at Home Order At this time, the only definitive statement the RPOA has from the state on these issues is the one related to repairs, i.e. repairs to a home are considered by of the critical infrastructure, so under the order, critical infrastructure workers include workers […]

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RPOA Action Update on Executive Order Regarding Evictions

RPOA Action Update on Executive Order Regarding Evictions The RPOA is in formal negotiations with the Michigan Governor’s office to address concerns and get more clarification on how to handle evictions under Executive Order No. 2020-19.  The RPOA participated in a conference call yesterday with the Governor’s office and the following issues and recommendations were […]

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Evictions, Executive Orders and Rental Properties in Michigan

Evictions, Executive Orders and Rental Properties in Michigan Provided by Haley Clough, Kotz Sangster Wysocki P.C., RPOA Referral Attorney (March 23, 2020) In light of Executive No. 2020-19, which was signed by Governor Whitmer on March 20, 2020, I want to provide RPOA members with the following general advice, which is the same advice I […]

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Governor Whitmer Suspends Evictions During COVID-19 Outbreak Through April 17th

Governor Whitmer Suspends Evictions During COVID-19 Outbreak Through April 17th Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order No. 2020-19 on March 20, 2020, which temporarily suspends evictions in Michigan. The order temporarily prohibits “entry to premises for the purpose of removing or excluding a tenant or mobile home owner from their home.” The order takes effect […]

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61st District Court Suspending Operations though April 5th, 63rd Adjourning Until May 1st

61st District Court Suspending Operations though April 5th, 63rd Adjourning Until May 1st In a state of emergency notice, Chief Judge Michael J. Distel ordered that the Grand Rapids 61st District Court shall suspend all operations through April 5, 2020, except for the following: Felony and misdemeanor arraignments of defendants held in custody (conducted by […]

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Grand Rapids 61st District Court Only Accepting New Landlord-Tenant and Small Claims Filings By Mail

Grand Rapids 61st District Court Only Accepting New Landlord-Tenant and Small Claims Filings By Mail To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Chief Judge Michael J. Distel announced via media release on March 16th a number of additional actions the 61st District Court would be taking over the next several weeks. Among those is that […]

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Coronavirus Outbreak Leads to Detroit Eviction Moratorium

Coronavirus Outbreak Leads to Detroit Eviction Moratorium In yet another unprecedented step, Detroit has put a moratorium on evictions during the coronavirus oubreak. 36th District Court Chief Judge William McConico issued the order “effective immediately” on Monday. “This is a difficult period for our entire community, and in an effort to avoid any additional hardship […]

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Water Departments Must Notify Owners of Service Lines that Contain Lead

Water Departments Must Notify Owners of Service Lines that Contain Lead Starting this month, water departments throughout Michigan are now required to research and notify property owners if a record search within the department finds their property is serviced by a service line that contains lead. A service line connects the main water line in […]

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