Detroit Rent Prices are Rising but Remain Comparatively Affordable

Just a few years ago, an attractive rental price in Downtown Detroit was around $2 per square foot. Today, rental prices in the same neighborhoods are trending closer to $3 per foot, according to a recent market report published in Curbed Detroit. This report, which was conducted by Broder & Sachse Real Estate, found that… Read more »

Detroit May Require Annual Tenant Rosters From Landlords

In hopes of identifying income-tax evaders, Detroit officials are considering the passage of a new law which would compel landlords to hand over their tenant rosters to the city’s tax compliance branch each year. The proposed regulation would reportedly be focused on rental properties in Downtown and Midtown Detroit with monthly rental rates of $750… Read more »

Investigation Finds Uneven Lead Paint Enforcement in Detroit

Exposure to dust from deteriorating lead paint is becoming an increasingly pressing public health issue in Detroit, with lead poisoning cases among young children spiking by 28% in 2016. Lead poisoning tends to be particularly prevalent in the city’s low-income neighborhoods, where many older homes haven’t been renovated since lead-based paint was banned in the… Read more »

Mayor Duggan Announces $250 Million Affordable Housing Fund

Detroit city officials are employing new strategies in an effort to protect affordable housing availability in neighborhoods throughout the city. Earlier this year, for example, the director of Detroit’s Housing and Revitalization Department announced that the city would offer special tax incentives to developers who include affordable housing units in their construction and rehab projects…. Read more »

Detroit Housing Values Increase for the First Time in 17 Years

City officials have been working hard to facilitate renewed growth in parts of Detroit that lay neglected for years, and the fruits of their labor may finally be starting to show. Historic neighborhoods are being revitalized by their residents, and developers are constructing new affordable housing options downtown. There’s still plenty of work to be… Read more »

Detroit Offers Tax Breaks to Affordable Housing Developers

In recent years, it’s become fairly common to hear local officials and journalists talk about the idea of a “renaissance” in Detroit. It’s true that downtown Detroit is undergoing some very positive changes, but sometimes urban renewal can have unintended negative consequences on a city’s most vulnerable residents.  In San Francisco, for example, rapid commercial… Read more »

Historic Midtown Apartment Building Undergoes Renovations

Another historic building in Midtown Detroit is getting a new lease on life thanks to a multi-million dollar investment from its new owners. The former Milner Arms apartment building, now known as The Hamilton, is currently in the process of undergoing a $12 million renovation that is scheduled to be complete in the fall of… Read more »

Detroit Offers Educators a 50 Percent Discount on Housing

It can be difficult to buy a home on a teacher’s salary, but this year the city of Detroit made it a little easier for educators to find affordable housing. Recently, Mayor Mike Duggan announced that local educators can now take advantage of a program which grants steep discounts to city employees who buy homes… Read more »

Detroit City Council Approves New Rental Property Ordinance

Earlier this month, the Detroit City Council voted unanimously to approve new, stricter regulations for rental property owners. Under the terms of the new ordinance, tenants can now legally withhold rent payments from landlords if their properties are not in compliance with city code. Although landlords in Detroit are required to register their rental properties… Read more »