A significant number of houses in Belknap are occupied by renters. The neighborhood association is therefore pleased to work with local landlords on improving living conditions. 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. 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 are a local landlord and have additional content to recommend, please let us know.
- 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.
- Learn about your options to Get the Lead Out (re-branding in progress – hazards are mitigated and improvements must be maintained).
- 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.
- You can find information on how to assist residents with housing vouchers with the Kent County Housing Commission.
- If tenants leave behind pets, try the Humane Society of West Michigan, Kent County Animal Shelter, and/or Kelly’s Heart to Heart Pet Adoption.