You can view a copy of the Landlord Licensing ordinance here.
If you own an occupied home in the City which you do not live in, you are a landlord as defined by the Municipal Code and you are required to obtain a landlord license from the City even if you do not collect rent. If a qualified relative occupies the home, the City will waive the fees and inspection requirement. Pursuant to the Code, if you are a landlord and you fail to obtain a license, you are not entitled to collect rent or evict any tenant.
To apply for a landlord license you may download the application form or stop at the Community Development Department in City Hall to pick up an application. If you are currently registered, please remember to inform Community Development and Assessing of any change in your address or ownership status. If you have any questions, please contact Landlord Licensing at 248-583-0831. The City can not become involved in landlord/tenant disputes however the State of Michigan provides a guide for landlords and tenants. Click here to download the guide.
Property owners should complete the application form and submit the completed form and the required fee to the Community Development Department. Upon receipt of the application by the Department, the property owner may schedule an inspection of the property for compliance with the Property Maintenance Code. After any code violations are corrected and all license requirements are met a license is issued. (The first or initial) license may be for a period of less than three years and the fee will be prorated accordingly. All renewals of that license will be for a three year period. A new inspection is required at each renewal.
Three year license fees are as follows:
|Registration Fees||New Registrations and Renewals
|Up to 4 family||$240.00|
|5 or more units||$46.50 per unit|
For information and questions on landlord licensing, call (248) 583-0831.