Michigan renters, landlords can apply for assistance through new program
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State House Development Authority (MSHDA) announced a $282 million rental assistance program meant to help tenants who are struggling due to the COVID pandemic avoid eviction. The program is also meant to ensure that landlords can recoup owed rent. The COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program replaces the Eviction Diversion Program (EDP) that MSHDA launched in July. Landlords or tenants can apply for CERA. Tenants and landlords can also apply through their local service agency.
Property values go up in nearly every Detroit neighborhood
DETROIT – Officials with the city of Detroit announced Thursday that property values increased an average of 8% for the city. Still, there are those who think the assessing process is weighted against the city’s poorest, and Duggan is challenging those claims. “Property values in the city went up 8% last year,” Duggan said. Duggan presented a map of Detroit where green areas meant increased values and red meant decreased. Detroit is a unique market and you can’t get those nuances simply from a sales study.”The official data from the city of Detroit can be found here.
City of Detroit steps in to help woman living in unsafe rental home
DETROIT – A woman renting a home in Detroit reached out to Help Me Hank for help and when city inspectors saw what was going on inside her home they couldn’t let her stay there any longer. Photos from inside Tamika Markham’s rental home show water everywhere and other potential dangers. When Local 4′s Hank Winchester reached out to the landlord, he didn’t get many answers. The city moved her to a local hotel until she can find somewhere safe to live. More Help Me Hank coverage
Expert calls Detroit housing, rental market ‘kind of wacky right now’
DETROIT – If you’re looking to buy or rent a house in Metro Detroit, you already know you need to act fast and be ready to pay. There are some major factors leading to a booming rental market, especially in the suburbs of Detroit. But there’s also nuance to consider, as the entire housing market is changing right before our eyes. “The market is kind of wacky right now,” Carberry said. I guess the weirdest thing about Detroit right now is it’s following a normal trajectory we would expect in a non-pandemic year.”Many renters are searching for a new home and finding the process infuriating.
Renter in Detroit fights to get decaying tree removed from front of home
DETROIT A renter on Detroits east side is worried about a decaying tree near his front door. The renter brought the situation to the landlords attention but the landlord said its the citys problem. Im afraid that its going to fall and hit me in the head, or my wife and baby in the head, Jones said. In the past few months it has been a steady back-and-forth between him and the landlord about who is supposed to be removing the tree. Local attorney, Todd Russel Perkins, said the tree is the responsibility of the property owner.