Advocacy Update

Forrest WallWritten by Forrest Wall, CAE, Staff Vice President
and Industry Relations

Rent Control Preemption Under Attack

Legislation has been proposed which would completely repeal the law prohibiting local governments in Michigan from enacting rent control ordinances. HB 4456 was introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives on March 30. This latest effort comes on the heels of a number of bills proposed in recent years to chip away at this act by allowing exceptions for rent control in specific situations or providing for inclusionary zoning. The preemption of local rent control is one of the most significant legislative accomplishments in AAM’s history. Perhaps needless to say, but I will say it anyway … AAM opposes HB 4456!

Bill Allowing Manager Representation Introduced

A bill introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives would allow managers to represent LLCs in summary proceedings under certain conditions. HB 4463 proposes that in a complaint requesting recovery of possession of the premises or both recovery of possession and a money judgement (in an amount less than the Small Claims Division limit), certain LLCs may be represented by a member, property manager, or other agent. The LLCs eligible under this proposal are limited to those with one individual member or two members who are individuals married to each other.

Last Chance! Don’t Forget Your Continuing Competency If You Have A Builders License

Some AAM Members hold a Michigan Residential Builder License even though they may not be currently building. If you are one of these individuals and you wish to maintain your license, please remember that the State of Michigan requires you to complete three hours of “continuing competency” by your renewal deadline of May 31, 2017. AAM and HBA’s last three hour class (covering each of the required categories – one hour codes, one hour legal and one hour safety) is set for May 31. Visit HBA’s website for online registration at


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