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.

CURRENT LEGISLATION

Bill to allow use of security deposit to pay rent during a declared emergency. RPOA-M Position: Oppose as written


Bill to prohibits residential evictions during the COVID-19 state of emergency. RPOA-M Position: Oppose


Bill requires condemnation notifications to tenants. RPOA-M Position: Oppose


Bill for limited Liability Companies. Eliminates annual statement fees, late fee penalty and fee for electronic submission. RPOA-M Position: Support


Bill for occupational Licensing. Modifies certain licensure requirements for employees or agents of a real estate broker hired to perform duties relating to property management. RPOA-M Position: Support


Bills for housing discrimination. Prohibits housing discrimination based on source of income. RPOA-M Position: Neutral


Bill for lease termination. Expands lease termination by victims of certain crimes. RPOA-M Position: Opposed, Bill Defeated 


Bill for assignment of rents. Enacts the uniform assignment of rents act to provide for security interests in rents. RPOA-M Position: Neutral


Bill for assignments of rents. Clarifies action regarding assignment of rents that action does not constitute an action under the "one-action" rule. 


Bill for short-term rentals. Provides regulations for short-term rental. RPOA-M Position: Neutral 


Bill for bed bug control. RPOA-M Position: Oppose as written


Bill to require lead inspection at time of sale. RPOA-M Position: Oppose


Bill to create short-term rental regulation act. RPOA-M Position: Neutral 


Bill to amend Michigan zoning enabling act to include short-term rentals. RPOA-M Position: Neutral 


Bill to mandate eviction moratorium during pandemic. RPOA-M Position: Opposed


Bill prohibiting action against landlord or tenant for certain police calls. RPOA-M Position: Support


Bill to modifies excise tax on business in UP doing short term rentals. RPOA-M Position: Neutral


Bill regarding eviction late fees. Allows limited late fees $50 or 10% or more if need demonstrated. RPOA-M Position: Support in part


Bill to exempts certain transfers from up capping taxable value. RPOA-M Position: Support


Bill to change municipal notice requirements for blighted conditions. RPOA-M Position: Oppose as written


Bill regarding landlords and tenants. Requires owner to provide tenant notice of property tax delinquency or commencement of foreclosure proceedings. RPOA-M Position: Opposed


Bill regarding short-term rentals. Creates short-term rental regulation act. RPOA-M Position: Neutral 


Bill to allow local government to establish rent control. RPOA-M Position: Opposed


Bill to require use of certain factors in local housing ordinances to designate area median income for affordable housing determinations. RPOA-M Position: Opposed


Bill to authorize local units to impose rent limitation for senior citizens and individuals with a disability and provides for a tax exemption and specific tax. RPOA-M Position: Opposed 


Bill to provides prohibition of local rent control as an exception under the rent limitation and specific tax authorization act. RPOA-M Position: Opposed


Draft Bill to Further Regulate Elevators in Multi-Family Buildings, RPOA-M Position: Opposed


Draft language regarding land contracts. RPOA-M Position: Support in part.


Draft bill to allow for electronic return of security deposit within 10 days of mailing notice of damages. RPOA-M Position: Support

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.*

* Indicates bills proactively pursued by the association.

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