Renters Commission

​​​​The Renters Commission advises the City Council and the City Administrator on matters that affect renters. 

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​​Renters Commission Staff Liaison

Kristen Vander Lugt

[email protected]

Contacting the Renters Commission

Communications should be directed to the full Renters Commission by email: [email protected]


​In September 2021, the Renters Commission was established ​by the City Council to advise the City Council and City Administrator on matters affecting renters in the City of Ann Arbor.  ​​​
Renters C​​ommission Membership

The voting membership of the commission is representative of various renter perspectives in the City, such as student​, youth, low-income, LGBTQ, immigrant, perso​ns with criminal records, persons receiving rental subsidies, cooperative or group housing, tenant advocacy groups, persons who have experienced homelessness, or historically underrepresented groups, and includes one attorney with experience representing renters and advocating renters' interests.

  • Zackariah Farah, Chair - Voting 
  • Julia Goode​​, Vice Chair - Voting 
  • Robert Kelly - Voting 
  • Dandan Chen - Voting 
  • Geoffrey Lowes - Voting
  • Jaymie Tibbits - Voting
  • Kimberly Pitts -  Voting 
  • Rosanita Ratcliff - Voting
  • Michelle Liao ​- Voting
  • Vacancy - Voting​
  • Vacancy - Voting
  • Vacancy, Attorney, Renter's Advocate - Voting
  • ​Jordan Else,  Landlord Perspective - Nonvoting
  • Robert Droppleman, Landlord Perspective - Nonvoting
  • Gayle Rosen, University of Michigan Student Legal Services Liaison - Nonvoting
  • Travi​s Radi​na, City Council Liaison - Nonvoting
  • Cynthia Harrison, City Council Liaison - Nonvoting

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Commissioners Needed! Click to Apply

Want to learn more about the Renters Commi​ssion before applying? Check out the recruitment page!

Work P​​lan

Renters Commission Work Plan 2024​ (PDF)

Renters Commission Work​ Plan 2023 (PDF)

Please email ​[email protected]​​ ​​to suggest an idea, init​iative, or educational opportunity for the Renters Commission to consider when updating their Work Plan. ​​

Resolutions​ and Reports


Renters Commission Bylaws approved 9-6-2022​ (PDF)

Renters C​o​mmission Meetings

​​​​The Renters Commission meets on the t​hird Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. electronically using Zoom. Regular meetings will be broadcast live on CTN Cable Channel 16, ATT Channel 99, and online at

To attend a Renters Commission Meeting:

To Submit Comments to the Renters Commission:

  • ​​Written comments may be submitted in advance of a Renters Commission by email to [email protected]​. Comments received by noon the day of the meeting will be distributed to the commission.​​ Last name and email address will be redacted from comments received. 

Meeting Agen​​das

By the Friday evening preceding the meeting, the Renters Commission meeting agenda is published online​.  The typical order of business of Renters Commission meetings is as follows:
  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. ​Approval of Agenda
  4. Approval of Minutes
  5. Public Comment (three minutes per speaker)
  6. Regular Business
  7. Communications
  8. Adjournment​

Past Com​mission Meetings

Agendas​, M​inutes, and CTN Video of ​Commissio​n Meetings​​

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