With a significant number of houses occupied by renters, we have an obligation to work with landlords, too. In earlier decades, Grand Rapids neighborhood associations’ crime prevention work helped put in place city ordinances requiring deadbolts and window locks to prevent break ins. We also continue to remind home owners – occupants and landlords alike – to maintain their properties in accordance with city codes. Today’s hot issue is affordable housing. We invite you to join the conversation to find cross-sector solutions that will make it possible for more of our neighbors to stay right here in Belknap Lookout.
Below you’ll find a variety of resources. If you have additional content to recommend, please let us know. When you have a chance, don’t forget to join – because we can accomplish more together than any of us could do alone.
- If there’s anything you need from the City, you can call 3-1-1 or check out your options online. Most likely you’ll need this planning/permitting page, and don’t forget to certify your rental.
- Specifically consider the City’s Rental Rehabilitation Program and learn about your options to Get the Lead Out.
- If your property is north or east of Coit Park but west of Lafayette, it may be in the Neighborhood Enterprise Zone and could be eligible for an exemption certificate for major repairs.
- Many landlords belong to the Rental Property Owners Association.
- You may want to review Tenants and Landlords, A Practical Guide. We also recommend the Fair Housing Center and this information on service animals.
- If tenants leave behind pets, try the Humane Society of West Michigan, Kent County Animal Shelter, and/or Kelly’s Heart to Hearth Pet Adoption.
- You might also want to review the links we’ve provided for businesses.