Certificate of Compliance

How to Obtain a Rental Certificate of Compliance 

In addition to obtaining a Certificate of Registration, as a rental property owner you are required to successfully pass an inspection by the City or the City’s qualified third-party inspector and obtain a Lead Clearance Report to qualify for a Certificate of Compliance. The Certificate of Compliance demonstrates that your property is now safe for occupancy. 


Steps to Obtain a Rental Certificate of Compliance

Step 1. Register property as a rental by logging in or creating an eLAPs account

Step 2. 

  • 1-2 Unit properties schedule with 3rd party inspection company. Approved inspection companies are listed here.
    • Once completed, upload the passed inspection report into Accela via eLAPs.
  • 3+ Unit properties schedule an inspection by calling our landlord hotline 313-224-3115
    • If violations exist, make the necessary repairs to the property and schedule a re-inspection with the 3rd party or BSEED (whoever performed the 1st inspection)
      • Pull permits for any work required, via the Permits Module in eLAPs. The permit may require a licenses professional to perform the work.

Step 3. Complete initial lead inspection and risk assessment for properties built before 1978. For more information click here

  • Hire a lead certified contractor to remediate if lead hazards are present
  • 1-2 Units: Submit a lead-based paint inspection/risk assessment report and lead clearance report electronically to your 3rd party rental inspection company. 
  • 3+ Units: Three or more units submit reports to [email protected]
  • Upload Lead report into Accela via eLAPs.
  • Open the record in your account and, under Record Info, select Attachments. This allows you to 'Add' and upload the Lead Report and any other additional documents required.

Step 4. Once the rental and lead inspections pass, BSEED will issue a Certificate of Compliance to the property owner.


Steps to Obtain a Rental Certificate of Compliance for Federally Inspected Properties

Step 1. Register property as a rental by logging in or creating an eLAPs account

  • Register Property(s)
    • Register each property via the Code Enforcement Module in eLAPSs. Be sure to upload all required forms while registering the property (Proof of Property Ownership). Documents will be reviewed by Property Maintenance.
  • Click here to see how to use the online application
  • Effective January 2022 Rental Registrations will not have an expiration date unless there is a change in ownership, or a change of use for the rental property

Step 2. Attach a passed HUD Inspection to your eLAPS account

  • Inspections need to be less than 12 months old

Step 3. Once we received the passed inspection and there are, BSEED issues Certificate of Compliance to the property owner



Detroit Rental Ordinance: How to Operate a Rental Property in the City of Detroit


How to register Rental Properties


Rental Compliance Map


How to get Lead Inspections & Requirements


How to schedule Rental Inspections
Rental Ordinance Modification Notification for Landlords