Compliance

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Background

The Compliance Team ensures that property owners are renovating their properties, and getting them occupied. In doing so, the Compliance Team is the last step in meeting the mission of the Detroit Land Bank – to eliminate blight and vacancy in the City of Detroit. As a result of this work, we have seen decreased blight, increased occupancy, increased property values, increased investment, stronger neighborhoods, and an increase in population.

The Compliance Team enforces agreements signed by property owners who have either purchased a property from the DLBA (“Sales Compliance”), or whose property was the subject of a nuisance abatement action (“NAP Compliance”). For both Sales and NAP Compliance, property owners agree to rehabilitate the property within six (6) months and to provide regular updates to the Compliance Team documenting and verifying that progress.

For Sales Compliance, the compliance reporting period begins on the closing date, when the property owner takes title to the property and obtains possession.

For NAP Compliance, the property had been identified as vacant, blighted, and a nuisance. In order to avoid or stop litigation, a property owner signs an agreement which outlines their responsibilities for rehabilitating or demolishing the property, or selling to someone who will.

Reporting Requirements

In short, the Compliance Team wants to ensure the property is moving in the right direction. For both Sales and NAP compliance, within 15 days, the property owner is required to send pictures of all 4 sides of the property showing it is secured, free of external debris, and the yard is maintained.

In addition, every 30 days, the property owner is required to provide proof of progress. Before and after pictures showing the progress are best, but the Compliance Team will also accept other forms of proof, such as permits, invoices, receipts, and signed contracts.

Email all updates showing progress to documents@detroitlandbank.org.

Auction and Own-It-Now Properties

If you purchased an Auction property, please do the following:

  • Immediately file your Property Transfer Affidavit (PTA) with the City Assessor’s office in Room 801 at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center. This must be done within 45 days, but filing this serves as proof of ownership for the water department to activate your water service.
  • Review the inspection report for this property, and included in your closing packet. The report is based on an inspection done of the property prior to the purchase. This report serves as your roadmap for repairs to the property, and inform you what permits to pull with the City’s building department.

If you purchased an Own-It-Now (OIN) property, please do the following:

  • Immediately file your Property Transfer Affidavit (PTA) with the City Assessor’s office in Room 801 at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center. This must be done within 45 days, but filing this serves as proof of ownership for the water department to activate your water service.
  • Within 15 days, make the property safe and clean for an internal inspection, and a water meter read.
  • Within 30 days, schedule an inspection to serve as your roadmap for repairs to the property, and inform you what permits to pull with the City’s building department.
  • Within 30 days, schedule a water meter read so you are not responsible for water bills owed from before the DLBA acquired the property. Do so even if there is no water meter currently at the property. Contact Andrea Johnson from the DLBA at 313-888-9495.

Achieving Compliance

Generally, a Sales Compliance property achieves compliance when:

  • The exterior of the property looks good (with no boards or blight)
  • The property is occupied, and
  • One or more permits have been pulled from the City’s building department

Generally, a NAP Compliance property achieves compliance when:

  • The exterior of the property looks good (with no boards or blight), and
  • The property is occupied

Consequences for Non-Compliance

If a Sales Compliance property owner does not provide updates showing progress, or does not complete the property within a certain period of time, the DLBA will reconvey the property.

If a NAP Compliance property owner does not provide updates showing progress, or does not complete the property within a certain period of time, the Compliance Team will transfer the matter to litigation attorneys for court action.

Success Stories

The Compliance Team has witnessed the hard work of thousands of property owners in getting properties renovated and occupied. Property owners across the City have poured hundreds of thousands of dollars to improve Detroit’s neighborhoods. There are many success stories. Please CLICK HERE for a Power Point showing some of these successes. The result is less blight, higher occupancy, increased property values, increased investment, and stronger neighborhoods.

Resources

In addition to enforcing the agreements, the Compliance Team connects property owners with resources to assist in the renovation process. Barriers to completing a property include such things as lack of financing, lack of reliable contractors, and security issues.

CLICK HERE to see some financing programs available.

CLICK HERE to see some perks if you purchased the property from the DLBA.

CLICK HERE to see a post-closing packet if you purchased the property from the DLBA.

CLICK HERE to see the Rehab FAQ Booklet (to be updated soon)

Contact Information

Compliance Phone: (313) 888-9050

Compliance Fax: (313) 447-3050

Compliance Email: documents@detroitlandbank.org