Fighting for Landlords’ Rights
The RPOA was founded on the principle that rental property owners and tenants have the same property rights as owner-occupied homeowners. The association fights hard to keep regulation in check to maintain an environment that enables landlords to provide affordable and safe housing opportunities for everyone. Too often, regulation is counter to this objective.
In the past several years, the RPOA has been successful in many areas:
While a group of advocates fought hard for every rental property in Grand Rapids to be inspected every three years, the RPOA was able to negotiate 2, 4 and 6 year inspection intervals for all rentals with 2 or more units and every six years for single family homes. The RPOA also successfully killed the plan to charge for rental registrations. While there have been many other smaller victories in the City of Grand Rapids, these successes have saved landlords thousands of dollars and will continue to do so for years to come. The RPOA also succeeded in convincing each municipality to adopt the International Property Maintenance Code so communities in the area would have a uniform code.
The RPOA is currently negotiating a 4-year inspection cycle with the City of Wyoming and the City of Kentwood to replace a 2-year inspection program.
The RPOA has also joined forces in a lawsuit in opposition to the Kent County Land Bank cherry-picking properties prior to the tax property foreclosure auction. Though the RPOA is not opposed to the Land Bank in principle, it is opposed to the Land Bank’s ability to cherry pick properties and purchase them before the tax auction.
Others areas of work regarding governmental affairs includes changes to the Grand Rapids Water Department procedures and policies and work to ensure that “temporary rental housing” does not impact the regular rental market adversely.
In its work with the government, the RPOA also works closely with advocacy groups, including the Get the Lead Out! program, Vision to End Homelessness, Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan and the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan.
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