The RPOA of Michigan carries out is mission by proactively supporting and promoting legislation favorable to the rental property and real estate investment industry and fighting legislation not favorable to the industry. The following activities are a short summary of some of the actions taken over the past few years to influence public policy.

 

* Indicates bills proactively pursued by the association.

CURRENT LEGISLATION

Expanding the ability for court officers, bailiffs and deputy sheriffs to execute effective writs of restitution for eviction (Passed PA 2, 2019)

Several bills regarding the allowance of short-term rentals without undue local regulation and controls (Support)*

Bill modifying attachment of property lien for failure to pay fine for blight violation to include all land, buildings, or structures owned by defendant in the state (Oppose)

Bill removing licensure requirements for employees or agents of a real estate broker hired to perform duties relating to property management (Support)

Bill modifying distribution of revenue from sale of foreclosure requiring equity in excess of debt and taxes to be paid to the person/entity foreclosed upon (Support)

Bill allowing limited liability company members and others with personal knowledge to represent them in certain situations (Support)*

Bill setting a minimum late fee for monthly rent at $50 or 10% which ever is justifiable and reasonable (Support)

Several Bills regarding the regulation, penalties and requirements for emotional support animals in rental property to prevent the misuse of the allowance (Support)

Bill to restore the State Historic Preservation Tax Credit program (Support)

Bill to prevent municipalities from requiring rental inspections upon the change of type of ownership of a rental property (Support)*

Bill removing the ability to screen out victims of domestic violence, despite the circumstances (Oppose)

Bill to regulate the responsibilities around the control and cost of bed bug infestations (Neutral with current bill language.)

PREVIOUS LEGISLATION PROMOTED & PASSED DUE TO RPOA-M INFLUENCE

Removing Mandate for Rental Inspections – Prior to the passing of this bill, larger cities within the state were required by state law to operate a rental inspection program.  Rental inspections are now voluntary.*

 

Tenant’s Right to Refuse Rental Inspections – Many tenants were being threatened with fines or, worse yet, with eviction by a municipality if they wouldn’t allow a municipal inspector into their home.  The law now makes it clear that municipalities may not enter a rental unit without the permission of the tenant unless there is an emergency or an administrative warrant is obtained for just cause.*

 

24 Drug Evictions – Prior to the passing of this bill, landlords were limited to a 7-day eviction notice for drug related activities—even though many municipalities threatened condemnation of a rental property if the offending tenants were not evicted.  The change in law now allows for a 24-hour notice period for drug activity.*

 

Increased Limit for Recovering Attorney’s Fees – At regular intervals, the RPOA-M request an increase of “taxable cost” allowed or those cost that a landlord can recover for attorney’s fees from an eviction hearing or trial.*

 

Small Claims Limit Increase – Prior to the passing of this bill, small claims cases were limited by a fixed dollar amount and had to be increased through law every few years.  A substantial increase was made several years ago that also created an automatic adjustment upwards for the small claims limit without further legislation.

 

Garnishment of Welfare Payments – A change was enacted to allow up to 10% of welfare income to be garnished for money judgments, including those for past due rent and damages.*

PREVIOUS BILLS FOUGHT AND DEFEATED IN RECENT PREVIOUS LEGISLATIVE CYCLES

Bill to repeal the rent control act

Bill requiring landlords to register tenants as voters

Bill prohibiting certain clauses in a land contract

Bill mandating lead inspections for rentals

Bill requiring landlords provide recycling services

Bill requiring court-appointed conservators for blighted property

Bill mandating replacement of lead water service lines

Bill requiring proof that drug activity was committed by convicted person to evict for drugs

Bill to remove the ability to evict drug offenders