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~Ensuring safe housing standards for all rental property located in the City of Kalamazoo~

In an effort to help ensure safe and sanitary rental housing within the City of Kalamazoo, the Community Planning & Development Department oversees the Rental Registration & Certification Program. The program requires that all rental property be registered as a rental and then pass periodic inspections performed by a city Housing Inspector, culminating in the issuance of a Certificate of Compliance with the City of Kalamazoo Housing Code (Chapter 17 of the Codified Ordinances). This applies to every rental from single family homes up through hotels and motels rented on a nightly basis. A standard Certificate of Compliance is good for 28 months; however property owners who meet certain criteria can be eligible for a 40 month certificate. In addition to the periodic inspections, Housing Inspectors also respond to tenant complaints as needed.

What's New:

  • Have you had a rental inspection in the past 30 days? Please provide feedback by submitting our Rental Inspections Survey.
  • pdf Housing Inspection News Summer 2016 (1.49 MB)
  • pdf Code Requirements for Smoke Detectors & Carbon Monoxide Detectors (309 KB)
  • pdf Freq Asked Questions (1.06 MB)
  • pdf Open Ground Violations Info (220 KB)
  • pdf Certificate Guarantee Deadlines (47 KB)
  • pdf Handrail Handout (483 KB)

  • How to Reach Us:

    415 Stockbridge Avenue
    Kalamazoo, MI 49001

    Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm

    Links to Helpful Information, Documents & Forms

    Rental Registration & Certification Program Staff:

    Inspectors Name Inspectors E-Mail Assigned Neighborhoods
    Vacant  kzoorentalprogram@kalamazoocity.org Edison (Partial)
    Jim Graham grahamj@kalamazoocity.org Eastside & Edison (Partial) & Northside (Partial)
    Mike Nelson nelsonm@kalamazoocity.org Arcadia, Campus, Winchell, Oakwood & South Westnedge
    Vacant  kzoorentalprogram@kalamazoocity.org Vine, Milwood, Central Business District & Westnedge Hill
    Yvonne Wright wrighty@kalamazoocity.org Burke Acres, Northside (Partial), Stuart & Fairmont