Important updates for investors with rental properties in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The City of Grand Rapids has postponed the lead dust swipe portion of the rental certification until April 1, 2024. This means that when you undergo the rental certification process, you won’t be required to perform lead dust swipe sampling until April 1, 2024.
However, other changes, such as those related to smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, are still in effect as of January 1, 2024.
This delay in lead testing is due to ongoing issues between state and local requirements for lead testers, as per the information I’ve received and my interpretation of the situation.
If you own a property built after 1978, this change doesn’t affect you. However, if your property predates 1978, you need to take note of this.
For property owners in Grand Rapids, it’s crucial to support the Rental Property Owners Association (RPOA), which is actively working to streamline this process for landlords. If you have city certifications scheduled for 2024, especially in the first, second, or third quarter, consider completing them sooner. If your certifications are due in the fourth quarter of 2024, use your discretion but consider moving them up to avoid any complications with the lead dust swipe sampling.
If you’ve been following my previous recommendations, you should have already addressed certifications due in the first quarter of the upcoming year. Now, focus on completing any certifications due in the second and third quarters of 2024. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.