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Property Maintenance Division is comprised of several sub-divisions and ensures continued compliance for commercial & residential properties. Manages vacant and blighted structures for both commercial & residential buildings. Enforces the Property Maintenance Code & Rental Ordinance.
To report vacant & open, vacant & not maintained, fire damaged, or collapsing structures call 313-224-3215 or email [email protected].
The Blight Violation Notice (Ticket) states the specific violation, the date, time, and place that the alleged violation occurred and payment options concerning the fine.
An appearance at a hearing is required to contest the alleged violation. Blight Violation Notices also state the date, time and place of the scheduled hearing. Questions must be directed to the department that issued the violation. If it is believed that the citation was issued by mistake, it is strongly recommended to have all concerns addressed during the scheduled hearing. The consequences of ignoring a Blight Violation Notice may result in an uncontested decision and order of default being issued against the alleged violator.
Contact the Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department (BSE&ED) and ask to speak to the Property Maintenance Division supervisor.
The BSEED Property Maintenance Division reviews complaints regarding the condition of residential, commercial or substandard property. Complaints may be filed by phone or mail with the Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department Property Maintenance Division.
Complaints may include but not are limited to violations of codes, failure to maintain interior and/or exterior property, rodent infestation, inoperable vehicles, failure to remove snow and ice from sidewalks, failure to comply with emergency orders, vacant/open/dangerous buildings and abandoned properties.
To assist in addressing complaints, the following pertinent information is required:
Name, address, and phone number of complainant
Property location and address of problem property
Detail description of the complaint
Submit a Complaint
By Phone - In an effort to serve our customers more efficiently; complaints received over the phone require special attention; which may take the call a little longer. Contact the
By Mail - Correspondence should be mailed to:
ATTN: Property Maintenance Division
BSED will aggressively enforce blight violations. Violators should remember that it’s not enough to pay penalties. Violators must correct problems. If not, a second or third violation may be issued with a higher fine.
• All rental property owners must register their rental property and obtain a Certificate of Compliance. The certificate is proof that an inspection was performed at the property and found to be in a safe and habitable condition.
• All renters are entitled to live in housing that is well maintained and safe. Renters are encouraged to report rental properties that require inspection and repair. Tenants can arrange for an inspection (at no cost to them) by calling (313) 224-2733.
• Smoke detectors must be installed near all bedrooms. Maintaining smoke detectors with batteries is the responsibility of both the tenant and owner.
• Graffiti or other defacing should be removed from buildings and fences to maintain a neat and clean neighborhood.
• Owners and renters are responsible for the cleanliness of the property. If a Blight Violation Notice is issued, the Department of Administrative Hearings (DAH) may order one party to pay the entire fine or may split the fine between the owner and the tenant.
• Landlords, who evict renters, and renters, who have been evicted, have 72 hours to remove any household items or belongings placed at the curb. If the items aren’t taken away, the landlord, the renter, and/or both may be issued a notice and fined.
• Animal waste from dogs, cats, or other pets is solid waste. Residents shouldn’t allow such waste to accumulate on the property.
• Items, such as auto parts, building materials, household items, or commercial equipment, should not be stored in yards.
• Commercial, recreational or inoperable vehicles cannot be stored on residential property.
• Vehicles of any kind cannot be parked on unpaved portions of a yard, including front or back lawns.
The Buildings and Safety Engineering Department (BSED) will aggressively enforce blight violations. Violators should remember that it’s not enough to pay penalties. Violators must correct problems. If not, a second or third violation may be issued with a higher fine.
* Operating a business without a permit (and/or license where required) is illegal. Contact BSED to find out what to do to establish your business legally. Information regarding the installation of signs to advertise your business is available from the department also.
* Changing the use of a building usually involves obtaining a permit. Check with BSED before changing the use of any building or structure.
* Special Land Use Grants permit owners to operate certain businesses under special conditions. These conditions must be met at all times. Failure to adhere to these conditions will result in a violation and possible fine. An annual inspection is conducted to ensure that those conditions are being met.
* Commercial property is subject to an annual inspection. Licenses are approved for renewal only when inspections by BSED certify that the building is safe and fit for the intended use. Owners of commercial properties must obtain a Certificate of Compliance from BSED certifying that the building is safe for occupancy.
* Building exterior condition, including signs, parking lots and unpaved portions of the property, must be maintained in a clean and safe condition.
The Blight Violation Notice states the specific violation, the date, time, and place that the alleged violation occurred and payment options concerning the fine.
An appearance at a hearing is required to contest the alleged violation. The notice will state the date, time and place for your hearing. Questions about why you were cited must be directed to the department that issued the violation. If you believe that you or your property was cited by mistake, you are strongly encouraged to appear for the scheduled hearing. Ignoring a Notice may result in a decision and order of default being entered against you.
A hearing officer’s order can be enforced in the same manner as a judge’s order. It can be used to place a lien on your property, garnish your wages, and/or negatively affect your credit.
All rental property owners in the City of Detroit must register their rental property and obtain a Certificate of Compliance. The certificate is proof that an inspection was performed at the property and found to be in a safe and habitable condition. Forms can be picked up from the following location:
Vacant Property Inspection Process
Vacant Property Guidelines
What Is a Wall Report?
Property Maintenance Division Inspections, Maintenance Requirements and Responsibilities
Map of the primary & secondary commercial corridors
Information about Property Maintenance Code
Lead inspection & assessment of lead hazards
Summary of lead remediation performed
Tax Clearance Form
Commercial Deferral Application
Residential Deferral Application
Requirements and responsibilities for commercial properties.
An abandoned/dangerous building is a house or any other building that shows serious defects, unsafe conditions, or is vacant and open to trespass.
Rental Property Information
Clarification of requirements for rental property owners in Detroit.
Certificate of Compliance
Regulations for rental property maintenance, inspection and certification.
Real estate escrow means putting something, such as rent money, in the custody of a neutral third party until certain conditions are met.
District Inspectors work closely with district officials to ensure community driven blight concerns are addressed.