Do you rent in Dearborn Heights does the house your renting have a certificate of occupancy is it registered with the city as a rental property? Before you rent these are all things you should find out, you can call the city and ask for the information.
What you see above was placed on the door of a property being rented by someone in Dearborn Heights. In January, I was told a story about a man living in a house for the past five (5) years paying 950.00 a month in rent. The photo that you see here was taken when I went to this house to see what he was living in. The owner of the house had given this man notice of eviction. He is not in good health he did have a place to go, but was waiting for some charitable organization to come and pick up some things he wanted to donate. He wanted to donate washer and dryer, baby items such as toys and furniture. I was shocked that this house would pass any type of code in this city for rental property. Well as, you can see from the “Reminder” the owner of this house, does not have a certificate of occupancy. House has not been inspected since 1998 and is not registered as rental property in Dearborn Heights.
You could see the ceiling of the kitchen by the fan had so much water damage from the roof leaking the water was running in the middle of the living room when there was heavy rain. The man had a video of that happening. The owner of the home had come and patched the roof several times, but it never was fixed. In the basement in the laundry room there was a very large crack in the cinder block wall. Pipes that leak, electrical outlets that are coming out of the wall black mold in bathroom loose floor tiles. The house was so cold because he can not turn the heat above 60 degrees. If he dose the furnace will not shut off. I could feel the draft from every window and every door in the place. The owner made it clear to this man that her father knew everyone in the city and that he could not do anything to her. It is true that her father does sit on a board in the city. He owns several other properties in the city and is a business owner. She was so sure when talking to this man that nothing would be done to her because of the connection that her father has in the city. The man moved out of the house on February 1 as of that date the city had not done an inspection. As you can see from the “Reminder”, she had 10 days to make an appointment.
There is never a time in this city when you should be able to get away with renting a home and not having it registered rental property. Now with the city in need of every penny wondering how many other properties are like this? How could someone rent a property out for five years and no one was the wiser in the city? By this person not registering their property with the city they cheated the city out of property taxes for a rental property, and the state and federal government by not reporting it as income. This man had no idea that he was renting a property that was not registered with the city as a rental property. He knew nothing until the owner of the house sent him an eviction notice. He called to get some help to stay until after his operation, and he would move out of the house he was just asking for some time. The owner of the house was giving him 30 days, so he made some calls for help. They made calls find about the house and find out who owned it.
You are suppose to take pride in your property you should never treat anyone that way. More than that there are laws to follow what about the law. I am very curious to see if the city is going to follow up with this house. Is the city going to do the inspection are they going to watch and see if it is rented out to someone else? Are they going to pursue the 5 years of rent collected? If the city is down to one ordinance officer, how are they are going to keep up on all of this. At this point, I think the building department would be the one to oversee this issue now. If, the owner of the house does not want to bring it up to code then no one can live in it.