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Resources for Kalamazoo Rental Investors/Owners/Landlords

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52-Month Kalamazoo Rental Certification

Updated: May 7, 2021

As the title of this article suggests, we’re examining the rental certification process in Kalamazoo, MI. There are two parts to this process: Registration & Inspections. In this article we will provide a straightforward overview of this process and answer:

  • How much does rental registration and inspections cost?

  • How to register a new or existing rental property online?

  • How to qualify for an increased certification period (up to 52 Months)

  • How to schedule a rental inspection?

  • …And more

Before scheduling your inspection, consider reading these money-saving tips that our property managers use to prepare for a rental inspection by clicking the image to the right:

How to register a new or existing rental property online?

You can register a rental property right now online through the city’s website, HERE. If you are purchasing an existing rental you will need to fill out the same form online so that the city can register the change of owner or agent to contact for future inspections. If you have a property manager, they will fill this out for you as your agent.

How much does rental registration cost

Rental registration in Kalamazoo, MI is free initially. Thereafter, the city charges $110 plus $1 per additional unit annually as the registration fee.

How much does a rental inspection cost in Kalamazoo?

For new rentals you will be required to immediately schedule an inspection. For new rental properties the first inspection fee is $77 per unit. Afterwards the cost is reduced to $55 per unit. However, to enjoy this savings you will need to schedule your inspections before your registration expires, it is $77 per unit after the certification has expired. To schedule an inspection call Kalamazoo’s Community Planning & Development Code Administration at 269.337.8026

What if I am buying an investment property, but its not certified as a rental?

For those looking to purchase investment property that is not currently certified, it is worth asking the owner to authorize an inspection by the city before purchase. It only costs $77 per unit and most sellers will be agreeable to these terms. You can find the form for the owner to the left. If the property doesn’t pass initial inspection, you can even ask the owner to make any repairs or adjustments to the property in order to pass inspection. If you are working with a real estate agent, they may already have included this requirement in the purchase agreement. Ask your real estate agent if they have done this, and if they haven’t make sure to

ask the seller’s agent about adding this addenda.

For those just beginning their search for investment property, we can connect you with a local agent by filling out this form HERE

If you are currently looking for rental property, we also have a very helpful map that shows the best places to buy Kalamazoo investment property based on actual data, such as neighborhood vacancy rates, cap rate, average purchase price, etc! You can view this information for free click the image to the right:

How to qualify for an increased certification period (up to 22 months more than standard)?

This is a real time saver and can reduce your inspections costs dramatically over time. After passing your first inspection, you will not need to schedule another inspection for the property for 28 months. This is the standard rental certification timeline provided by the city. However, you can qualify for a rental registration period of between 40 and 52 months after the first rental certification period, if you do the following:

  • Schedule your next inspection within the same month as receiving your courtesy notice from the city. These are mailed out on the first of the month, 4 months before your certification expires. If you use a property manager, they should be on top of this as soon as the notice is received.

  • If a re-inspection is necessary, you must schedule this with the city within 10 days.

  • Do not cancel a scheduled inspection. The city does not guarantee 40-52 month certification periods if an inspection has been cancelled, even if it is with notice.The city will also charge you $35 to cancel, or $55 if notice is not given. Most property management teams will always have someone to send out for inspections, so they are rarely, if ever, missed or rescheduled.

Congratulations, you’ve made it to the end of this post. You now know everything you need to get started with the rental certification process in Kalamazoo, MI. If you want more information, you can peruse the the city’s website HERE.