May 15, 2023

Inspection Process for Tenants

A guide to help tenants understand the rental inspection process.


Many Cities and Townships require a rental inspection in order to lease out a property.

  • City of Ann Arbor - Required every three years
  • City of Ypsilanti - Required every two years
  • City of Saline - Required every two years
  • Ypsilanti Township - Required every two years
  • Pittsfield Township - Required every two years
  • Ann Arbor Township - Required


When the property is due for an inspection, the City sends us notice of the scheduled inspection, and we will alert you via email that we are beginning the inspection process.

Before the appointment, we ask that you pick up the house and put away any personal belongings. Suppose there are any personal items by major appliances (i.e., furnaces, water heaters, etc). In that case, we kindly ask that you move the items to allow at least 5 feet of clearance, as this is a common issue inspectors flag as it's a safety issue.

During the inspection, you do not need to be home. We will send someone from maintenance to meet the inspector and walk through the property. As the inspector and our maintenance technician walk through the property, they may find required repairs. If violations are found that can be repaired immediately, maintenance will aim to make those while the inspector is still there.

Once we receive the inspection report from the inspector, we will have our maintenance team handle repairs. The City provides us 60 days to complete the repairs, but we aim to complete repairs promptly. We may be unable to alert you when maintenance completes repairs, but if you have preferences, kindly let us know. Repairs will be completed during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. We may coordinate with our preferred vendors if items require trade permits (i.e., plumbing, HVAC, electrical, etc.) We may schedule a "furnace clean and check" as the City requires every inspection cycle. We will coordinate this with our preferred HVAC vendor and notify you accordingly. Please read more about our preferred vendors in our Maintenance Vendor List for Tenants.

The City will schedule a re-inspection to confirm that the repairs are complete. We will alert you via email once this has been scheduled and send someone from maintenance to facilitate the inspection. Once the inspector confirms everything is complete, the City or Township will issue a Certificate of Compliance.

First-Time Rentals

If a property is a first-time rental, then there tend to be more repairs required. If the property is a first-time rental, then we will include an inspection addendum as part of your lease signing process.

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