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Property Registration and Inspection Information

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​​​​​​How to Apply or Renew a Rental Property CofC:

The first step register and apply on STREAM. After applying, we will review the application and contact you to schedule an inspection. 

IMPORTANT: The person who is applying for the Certified Rental License will be the license holder.  The License is not transferable if, the property is sold. New owners must register and apply for a new license. If the license if current at the time of the transfer, the inspection fee will be waved.  ​

**​Now you can renew your license up to 6 months prior to the expiration date and not lose any months remaining on the CofC.  A RENEW LICENSE option will be available when eligible. ​

Incomplete registration forms that, do not include the require Date of Birth of each person signing the document will delay the inspection process.

The homeowner may represent the property as their own agent.​However, if they do not live or have an office within 25 miles of the City of Ann Arbor, they must choose a local “agent” (an agent can be a friend, relative, or a hired property management service; the agent does not have to be a licensed real estate agent). If your property has never been a rental before, the first inspection will require a two-hour blockWe are currently scheduling inspections a few weeks out, so please plan accordingly. 

There is a $25.00 cycle fee for all properties with more than 2 units and all group quarters (fraternity/sorority or rooming house).​

Pursuant to Section 8:516(4) of the Ann Arbor Municipal Code: "No person shall lease or otherwise make a dwelling or rooming unit available for occupancy if a Certificate of Compliance is not in effect for the unit".  Failure to secure the appropriate Certificate of Compliance may result in enforcement against the property. This includes any type of advertisement, listing, or occupying the property as a rental

When to Update Owner/Agent Information:

You must complete and upload the Property Update & Registration Form on STREAM.  These changes may include phone number, email, address, agent information, etc.  All information on the registration form is kept confidential and restricted to office use only.  We will never sell or share your personal information to anyone.


​​​Scheduling Inspections:

IT IS THE HOMEOWNER/AGENT RESPONSIBILTY TO CONTACT US SCHEDULE ALL INSPECTIONS. ​Please practice careful diligence to ensure inspections are scheduled when they are due for your property. ​Please note, inspections cannot be scheduled or requested through eTRAKiT or STREAM, and instead must scheduled through a Rental Housing Administrative Specialist. To schedule an inspection, please use the contact information in the contact panel on the right of this page or at the top of any Rental Housing document. 

When to schedule:

  • An initial re-certification inspection must be scheduled BEFORE the current certificate expires. Please make note of the expiration date on your C of C.
  • A re-inspection (to follow up on violations) must be scheduled within THREE WEEKS of the previous inspection. 
  • If either deadline approaches and an inspection is not scheduled, an inspection date and time will be chosen for you by our staff. Please note that we only allow one free re-schedule/cancellation per inspection cycle. The best way to avoid multiple cancellations is to make sure you are scheduling the inspections. 
​​Inspection Process​:

1.  Once an application​ is submitted online through STREAM, reviewed, and processed by our office (generally within 4​8 hours), we will contact the designated party to schedule an inspection.​​

    a.  ​According to code 8:516(4), a dwelling or room may not be rented or made available for rent without an active C of C.
    b.  See the pre-inspection checklist ​​for the items to be inspected.
    c.  An invoice will be generated automatically and payable on STREAM. See the RH Fee Schedule 2022.pdf for information on how fees are calculated.

3. Upon completion of the inspection, the inspector will email the agent and/or owner the list of violations found (as applicable). The list is also available online.  If there are no violations found at the first inspection, the expiration date on the Certificate of Compliance will be extended by one year for that cycle only. 

4.  The homeowner/agent must contact our office within three weeks of the initial inspection to schedule a re-inspection date.  After three weeks, a date and time will be chosen for you.  

5.  If violations are not corrected by the first re-inspection date, you will need a second re-inspection at an additional fee.

    a.  The property is subject to a posting of non-compliance after two re-inspections if, the violations have still not been remedied. A posting is a notice placed on the property stating the property is not in compliance with the City of Ann Abor Housing Code. The fee for the posting is $100. Tenant may put their monthly rent into escrow until compliance has been reached. 

6.  Once the violations have been corrected, we will issue a Certificate of Compliance (usually within 30 days).


Updated: 8/31/22

Rental Housing Contact:
[email protected]
[email protected]
Phone: 734-794-6264 (Office)
Fax: 734-994-8460​
301 E. Huron Street​​
Larcom City Hall
First Floor

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
For scheduling needs and general information, please contact an Administrative Specialist.

Rental Services Coordinator/Admin:
Brandi Lewis​​
[email protected]
Cell: 734-394-4357
Office Voicemail:​  
734-794-6000 x42504    

Code Compliance Official:  
Chris MacFarland
[email protected]​ 
734-794-6000 x42657

Building&Rental Services Manager:
Lisha Turner-Tolbert
l​[email protected]​ 
734-794-6000 x4266

Deputy Building Official:
Mike Lemieux
734-794-6000 x42674

Building Official:
Glen Dempsey
734-794-6000 x42660​



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