Advocacy Update

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

Legislation Proposes To Make Certain Evictions More Difficult

Recently introduced legislation in the Michigan Senate would make it more difficult to evict in cases involving controlled substances or threats of physical injury. Under current summary proceedings law, a landlord is entitled to recover possession of premises in cases of controlled substances when a formal police report is filed alleging that the person has unlawfully manufactured, delivered, possessed with intent to deliver, or possessed a controlled substance. Senate Bill 720 would change that standard for delivery, possession with intent to deliver, and possession from a formal police report to an actual conviction. The standard for unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance would remain as a formal police report. Further, current law states that you can recover possession in instances where the tenant or member of the tenant’s household has caused or threatened physical injury to another individual, and the police department has been notified. This legislation would change that standard of simple notification of the police to an actual conviction of a crime.

HUD Issues New Assistance Animal Guidance

At the end of January the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) announced new guidance to clarify apartment owners’ responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act when a request is made for an assistance animal. The guidance provides best practices for assessing reasonable accommodation requests and documenting a resident’s need for an assistance animal. It also differentiates service animals from support animals. The guidance can be found at www.hud.gov.

Have A Builder’s License? Don’t Forget Your Continuing Competency
Some AAM Members hold a Michigan Residential Builder License even though they may not be currently building. If 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, 2020.
AAM and HBA are holding three hour classes (covering each of the required categories – one hour codes, one hour legal and one hour safety) which will provide you what you need to comply. Visit HBA’s website for online registration at www.builders.org.
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