Community Development Director
Assistant Planner / Zoning Administrator
Code Enforcement Officer / Rental Housing
The Property and Housing Maintenance Ordinance in conjunction with applicable building codes has the intent to ensure public health, safety, and welfare insofar as they are affected by the occupancy and maintenance of dwellings, structures, and premises they occupy.
This ordinance has a specific division related to the oversight of dwelling units which are leased or otherwise made available for rental purposes. An overview of this program is provided below:
REGISTRATION AND CERTIFICATION OF RENTAL DWELLINGS
All rental properties must be registered with the Township, inspected, and obtain a certificate of compliance prior to being occupied. There is no fee for registration.
Newly constructed or newly converted rental units shall be registered within 30 days. A rental unit which is sold, transferred or conveyed shall be registered by the new owner.
Annual Rental Registration forms are due by February 15th each year to ensure owner and responsible party contact information is accurate.
Rental Registration and Annual Rental Registration forms may be submitted by email, fax or mail:
- Fax: (616) 396-2537
- Holland Charter Township
353 North 120th Avenue
Holland, MI 49424
Preparing for a Rental Inspection
The owner, agent, or other authorized representative will be notified of the scheduled inspection and must be present during the inspection. The premises and building(s) (including basements and accessory buildings) must be accessible to the inspector. Please be advised that tenant notification is the owner’s responsibility.
The pre-inspection guidelines below may be used to review the rental property and make necessary corrections prior to the rental inspection. Heat systems must be inspected by a licensed contractor and a report shall be submitted to Holland Township.
Basic Requirements for your Rental Certificate
Heat System Inspection Checklist
If you are unable to keep the rental inspection appointment, you must call (616) 395-0196 to reschedule at least three days in advance of the inspection.
After the Rental Inspection
Upon completion of the initial rental inspection, you will be provided with a notice of re-inspection outlining the date of the re-inspection and any corrections that must be made to bring the property into compliance. There is no additional fee for the re-inspection if all corrections have been made. If all corrections have not been made, an additional re-inspection will be scheduled and fees may apply.
Certificate of Compliance
A three or six-year rental certificate of compliance will be issued once all violations are corrected and all fees are paid.
Property and Housing Maintenance Fees
A person shall not occupy a rental unit if the enforcing officer orders that it be vacated due to major violations of this code. Failure to comply with the provisions of the Property and Housing Maintenance Code is punishable as a Municipal Civil Infraction.
Prohibited Rental Units
Short Term Rentals such as VRBO, Airbnb, Homestay, and individual room rentals within a dwelling are not permitted in Holland Charter Township. Properties that offer stays of 14 consecutive days or less may apply to operate a Bed and Breakfast with an approved Special Land Use Permit. Please note that the owner/operator must live on the premises.
Special Land Use Permit Application
Properties that offer stays of 15 consecutive days or more shall participate in the rental inspection program.
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