Detroit officials are reaching out to landlords, hoping more register their properties with the city so that they can be inspected.
Landlords are required to register with the city’s Building, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department and get annual certificates of compliance showing they are safe and inhabitable.
The majority of rentals, though, aren’t registered. The city has about 2,500 rental addresses registered, while U.S. Census data estimate there are more than 136,000 rental housing units in the city. Failure to register or get a certificate of compliance are both punishable by $250 fines.
To help identify landlords, Bell said they are using records from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. The department also hopes to launch an online search for tenants by January to allow officials to look up whether their landlord is registered or has passed inspections.