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Rental Inspection Process
Why Rentals are Inspected
Rental structures are inspected to...
ensure that the health, safety and welfare of the community are protected;
help landlords maintain their property and properly correct any deficiencies
that may exist;
help prevent neighborhood blight and slum conditions that can result from lack of care; and
ensure that minimum housing standards for renters (according to the 2006 International Property Maintenance Code) are met.
It is required that rental properties be inspected every two (2) years.
If a rental is already in the City of Midland's inspection program (i.e., it
has been inspected at least once by the City), a reminder letter will be sent to
the property owner one month before the month in which the inspection is due.
The owner or tenant must call the Building Department to set up a time for the
If the unit is not yet in the City's program, the owner must call the
Building Department to arrange for an inspection before renting a unit.
A City of Midland inspector will arrive within a few minutes of the
scheduled time and inspect the entire rental unit(s). In the rare instance that
an inspector does not
arrive within 10 minutes of the scheduled appointment, please call the Building
Department (989-837-3383) to verify that you have the correct date and time.
During the inspection process, the City inspector must be accompanied by an
adult: either a tenant, property owner, or owner’s representative.
The length of time it takes to conduct an inspection for a single-family
home is normally 15 to 20 minutes; however, it could take up to an hour,
depending upon the complexity of the inspection.
All doors in the rental unit must be unlocked. Every effort should be made by the
property owner to clear and de-clutter living areas
before an inspector's arrival so that the inspector can access all areas easily
and safely, especially near electrical, heating and plumbing equipment.
All violations will be noted on an inspection form. A copy of the inspection
will be given to the owner if he or she is present, or mailed to them if they
are not present. Depending upon the violations noted, a re-inspection may be
required before the unit is certified
The standard fee for inspections of rentals is $20.00 per inspection, for
each unit inspected. The
notice letter sent before each inspection also serves as the bill for the
Inspection fees must be paid before the end of the month in which they are
due. Fees may be paid before or after the inspection, but City of Midland inspectors are
not allowed to accept any payments at the time of the inspection. Fees may be
mailed or hand-delivered to the Building Department at Midland City Hall.
All rental units must have an inspection scheduled and completed by the end of the
month in which they are due. Fees must also be paid by this time. Late fees will
be assessed to property owners who do not schedule and/or pay for the inspection by the
City inspectors utilize a
rental inspection checklist during each
inspection. While this list does not cover all possible items that an inspector
could be looking for, it is a great source of information about the standard
items that an inspector will check during an inspection.
The rental inspection checklist serves as an effective guide for rental property owners to refer to before their scheduled inspection.
It can be downloaded by clicking on the above link, or a hard copy can be picked
up at the Building Department Office in City Hall.
Once an inspection has been completed, property owners whose property does
not require a re-inspection will receive their Certificate of Compliance within 1-5 business
days. The certificate should be displayed somewhere in the building - inside a
cupboard door would suffice.
Code Violations: If the building inspector determines that there are
code violations that need to be addressed, a notice will be sent to the property
owner/manager outlining the
It is ultimately the property owner's responsibility to correct those issues noted in the inspection report, even if
the violations were caused by the tenant.
Appealing Inspection Results
Any determinations made by the City's housing inspectors
rental unit(s) may be appealed to the
Construction Board of Appeals. The appeal must
be made within 10 days of the date of notice from the Building Department that
there were one or more violations in the inspection report.
A $25.00 non-refundable fee will be charged for each appeal.
Records of Housing Inspections Available
Records of all inspections are permanently maintained in the Midland
Building Department. A review of documents resulting from a specific inspection
may be requested through the Building Department.