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Is Your Rental Property Registered?
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The Buildings, Safety Engineering, & Environmental Department (BSEED) is responsible for making sure that all rental properties in the city are properly registered, up to code, and have obtained a Certificate of Compliance
Follow the Rental Property Compliance Schedule Map below
|Zip Code||Compliance / Escrow Date||Registration Date||Enforcement/Escrow Date|
|48215||February 1, 2018||May 1, 2018||August 1, 2018|
|48224||March 1, 2018||June 1, 2018||September 1, 2018|
|48223||July 6, 2018||October 4, 2018||January 2, 2019|
|48219||August 5, 2018||November 3, 2018||February 1, 2019|
|48209||November 2, 2018||January 31, 2019||May 1, 2019|
|48210||December 5, 2018||March 5, 2019||June 3, 2019|
|48206 & 48214||March 7, 2019||June 5, 2019||September 3, 2019|
|48202 & 48204||April 4, 2019||July 3, 2019||October 1, 2019|
|48213 & 48238||July 6, 2019||October 4, 2019||January 2, 2020|
|48203 & 48211||August 5, 2019||November 3, 2019||February 1, 2020|
|48208 & 48212||April 1, 2020||July 1, 2020||October 1, 2020|
|48236, 48225, 48205 & 48227||May 1, 2020||August 1, 2020||November 1, 2020|
|48207 & 48221||August 1, 2020||November 1, 2020||February 1, 2021|
|48234 & 48216||September 1, 2020||December 1, 2020||March 1, 2021|
|48201 & 48228||December 1, 2020||March 1, 2021||June 1, 2021|
|48235 & 48217||January 1, 2021||April 1, 2021||July 1, 2021|
|48240, 48226 & 48239||April 1, 2021||July 1, 2021||October 1, 2021|
1. Register property as rental on the City of Detroit BSEED website
2. Complete Rental Inspection
3. If the property was built before 1978 complete initial lead inspection and risk assessment here
4. Pay outstanding BSEED Fees
5. Pay outstanding DAH Fines
6. BSEED issues Certificate of Compliance to property owner once all BSEED fees and DAH fines have been paid.
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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:
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
A Certificate of Rental Registration is free of charge and is an advantage for landlords when potential tenants are seeking a place to rent. Landlords that are in compliance with the City of Detroit Codes and Ordinances have a greater chance of licensing their property. According to the City of Detroit Property Maintenance Code (Chapter 8), if a dwelling is not an owner-occupied, single-family dwelling, then it is considered residential rental property. Residential rental properties include: 1 and 2-family homes, apartment buildings, rooming houses, etc. as well as rooms rented within a single-family, owner-occupied home.
To receive a Certificate of Rental Registration, the owner is required to:
A Certificate of Compliance is required for all commercial buildings, structures and residential rental properties in the City of Detroit, with the exception of single-family, owner-occupied dwellings. The Certificate of Compliance means, that the property was inspected and meets the minimum requirements of the Detroit Property Maintenance Code and/or Zoning Ordinance. The Certificate of Compliance is valid for three years for 1-2 family homes and two years for multi-family inspection from the date of initial inspection.
To receive a Certificate of Compliance on a Residential rental property or Commercial property, the owner is required to:
The Property Maintenance Division of the Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department is responsible for conducting Residential Inspections in the City of Detroit. The Inspection types are as follows:
Annual periodic rental inspections
1 & 2 family dwellings
Hotels, Motels, Apartments, Rented Condos, Cooperatives
Shelters & Rooming Houses
Annual and Complaint re-inspections for compliance
Emergency Re-inspections (Life/Safety conditions)
Vacant Building Maintenance Inspections
Area survey sweep inspections of suspected rental property
Health Department will notify BSEED of Lead Poisoned Children cases. BSEED will investigate the property.
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 .
Sec. 8-15-311. - Smoke detectors.
(a)All existing one- and two-family dwellings not already provided with single-station smoke alarms shall be provided with approved single-station smoke alarms.
(b)Approved single-station smoke alarms shall be installed within, or immediately outside of, sleeping areas on each level of existing rental dwelling units.
(c) In existing one- and two-family dwellings, single-station smoke alarms shall be battery-operated or shall receive their primary power from the building wiring, provided, that such wiring is served from a commercial source and, in the case of an interruption in the primary power, a battery backup is provided. When power is provided by the building wiring, the wiring shall be permanent and without a disconnecting switch other than those required for overcurrent protection.
Sec. 8-15-111. - Graffiti and defacement; duty to remove. It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully or wantonly damage, deface or mutilate any exterior surface of any building, premises, or structure on any private or public property by placing thereon any carving, graffiti, marking, or painting.
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.
Vacant Buildings Inspections and Maintenance
Rental Property Compliance Schedule Phase 1, 2 and 3
Rental Compliance Schedule, BSEED, Property Maintenance
Lead Ordinance Requirement for Rental Property Owners
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Rental Property Information
Information to help rental property owners operate and maintain their property.
Landlord Compliance Manual
Certificate of Compliance