Tenant Permission Bill Passes Out of Committee
After five rounds of changes to tweak various wording, Michigan Senate Bill, SB 107, (aka tenant permission bill) passed unanimously out of the Senate Local Government Committee on Tuesday, June 6. The bill clarifies when municipalities must get permission from the tenant to enter an occupied rental unit for a municipal rental inspection. The bill language also brings Michigan law in compliance with the U.S. Constitution regarding entry without probable cause or an administrative warrant. The language also reinforces U.S. District Court opinion that neither the landlord nor the tenant can be penalized by the municipality for failure of the tenant to give permission for entry. The bill now moves to the Senate Committee of the Whole. The RPOA of Michigan and the RPOA of Kent County along with allies have been working closely with legislators on language and to move the bill.