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 residential properties.
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.
The purpose of this notice is to alert landlords of the new lead dust clearance/hazards levels starting in 2020.
The purpose of this notice is to alert all certified lead professionals of the new lead dust clearance/hazards levels starting in 2020 for the state
State of Michigan Rental Landlord Tenant Guide
Vacant Buildings Inspections and Maintenance
Review of Basis for Rental Inspections
Information about the Vacant Property Registration Ordinance