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There are several requirements that affect owners, landlords, and agents of single family homes, duplex homes, and multiple family units that are rented or available for rent in Ypsilanti Township. Please take a few minutes to review this information so that you will be prepared to successfully meet program requirements. Our staff is available to answer questions about these or any other topics of concern to you.

  • Insurance requirements
  • Changes in the Property Maintenance Code
  • HVAC Clean & Check requirements and form
  • Rental Violation Notices from the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office
  • Designating an agent to represent you
  • Eviction or move-out “piles” at the curb
  • Keeping the grass cut below seven (7) inches and avoiding unnecessary fees
  • Vacant House Ordinance
  • Medical marijuana caregiver home occupation prohibited

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Registration, Inspection, & Certification Required

Single family homes, duplex homes, and multiple family units that are rented or available for rent must be registered, inspected, and certified by the Office of Community Standards. No home or unit may be leased unless it has been registered and certified as being code compliant. A tenant may request a copy of the Certificate of Compliance for a home or unit they rent.

Rental Inspection Program Guidelines & Registration Form


How Long is a Certificate Valid?

Single family homes, duplex homes, and multiple family units are certified once every two (2) years. The Certificate of Compliance may be suspended or revoked during the two (2) year period if serious code violations are discovered as a result of complaint investigation or police intervention.


Codes - What Does the Inspector Look For?

Housing Inspection Checklist
This is a comprehensive listing of what the inspectors look for during a rental inspection.

Housing Inspection Procedures for Landlords
This is the policy and procedures manual used by our housing inspectors and offered for review by landlords and tenants to foster a positive working relationship. It helps explain what we do and why we do it.

The Rental Housing Program uses the 2012 International Property Maintenance Code is available at no cost through the International Code Council website. There are certain changes customized for our community. For more information, please visit Article III of the Township Property Maintenance Ordinance.

Effective on August 1, 2013, the Township adopted the 2012 International Property Maintenance Code which contained a few substantial changes that will affect landlords.
Substantial Code Changes


Proof of Insurance Required

Owners, landlords, and agents of residential rental properties are required to maintain property insurance coverage against structural loss or damage including, but not limited to, fire damage. Proof of insurance must be submitted for new rental certificates and bi-annual renewal certificates, and upon request at any time.


Rental Certification Ordinance
This is the ordinance that governs the rental certification program.


Rental Certification Forms

Upon successful completion of your inspection and payment of all fees, you will receive a Certificate of Compliance. The law requires that you notify the Township if the property is sold and to whom the property is transferred. The Certificate of Compliance will be closed at that time and your obligation under the law is over.


Rental Inspection Program Guidelines & Registration Form
This form is completed by a landlord and/or a rental agent when a property is registered as a rental unit. Registration is valid for the life of property ownership.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If a landlord chooses to designate an agent to manage a property, the Township will send ALL official correspondence to the agent. This includes scheduling letters, inspection results and invoices. As the property owner, landlords are ultimately responsible for code compliance and for the performance of their agent. Caution is advised if a landlord designates the tenant to act as their agent due to the potential conflict such an arrangement may create when important information is not conveyed in a timely manner.


Rental Exemption Affidavit Form
An exemption from the Rental Certification Program may be granted for property owners who permit a third party non-owner to live in their house for free. This usually involves helping children get started. The owner must not receive any form of compensation in exchange for use of the home. The affidavit must be notarized and is considered to be a legally binding representation of fact. Submitting a fraudulent affidavit may subject an owner to prosecution and penalty fees.


Property Maintenance Request & Inspection Consent Form
A tenant experiencing problems getting the landlord to correct code violations can submit this form as a request to inspect the property. You must provide proof of residency at the location (driver's license, voter registration or utility bills) and proof that you submitted your grievances in writing to your landlord and received no satisfactory response. There is no fee for this type of inspection, however if code violations are discovered the landlord will pay a re-inspection fee to confirm that repairs were made.


HVAC Certification Form
Landlords shall have a licensed mechanical contractor submit the attached form every inspection cycle, (every two years). This form should be submitted at time of initial inspection.


Fees & Contacts

Rental Inspection Fee Schedule
This is the fee schedule for various activities associated with the Rental Property Certification Program. Fees are approved by the Board of Trustees and may only be modified or waived by the Director of Community Standards for good cause.

Ordinance Department Office Hours & Location

Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm (closed 12:00pm - 1:00pm daily)

Tilden R. Stumbo Civic Center
7200 S. Huron River Dr.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Contact Rental Housing Certification

734-544-4000 #1

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In order to better serve you and address your concern within the community, contact information is required to submit this online form.

If you wish to submit a report anonymously, please call our office at (734) 485 - 4393. You will not be required to include your name in the report.

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Charter Township of Ypsilanti  •  7200 S. Huron River Dr. Ypsilanti, Mi 48197  •  (734) 544 - 4000

Mon. - Fri., 8:30am - 4:30pm  •  Closed 12:00pm - 1:00pm daily