The Rapidian

Landlords

From rental application to restraining order, Part 2

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 10-25-2019 under OPINION

In early September, Jaylynne Yancy filled out a rental application for a unit belonging to United Properties. After a series of negative reviews, public responses, and social media posts described in part one of this article, employees at United...

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From rental application to restraining order, Part 1

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 10-25-2019 under OPINION

In early September, Jaylynne Yancy completed a rental application for a unit belonging to United Properties.  She paid the application fee, but was turned down, based on an eviction on her record that had already been cleared with a bankruptcy...

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Former Commissioner White withdraws from appointment consideration at City Commission meeting

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 06-14-2018 under NEWS

Tuesday night's lengthy City Commission meeting was a packed house. Some of the biggest news came at the end of the night when Mayor Rosalynn Bliss announced former Third Ward Commissioner James White was withdrawing his name from consideration...

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Business usurps public purpose in Residential Rental Application Fee Ordinance

by (Lyonel LaGrone II)

Submitted 06-11-2018 under OPINION

If you are a resident of Grand Rapids working hard to make ends meet and you feel like the system is rigged against you, you need not look any further than the current draft of the Residential Rental Application Fee Ordinance to validate your...

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Faces of the Grand Rapids housing crisis: Chanae Jackson

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 03-24-2017 under NEWS

Grand Rapids Homes for All met last Friday night at Baxter Community Center to talk about the housing crisis and gentrification in Grand Rapids. In this meeting, residents had an opportunity to join the Tenant Union, brainstorm ideas about...

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Community advocate faces Grand Rapids' housing crisis, gentrification

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 02-21-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

It’s a Tuesday night at City Hall, and LaDonna Norman approaches the microphone to address the meeting of the Grand Rapids City Commission. For the past year or more, Norman has spoken during the public comment period at the end of nearly...

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Data reveals need for creative solutions as Eastown rent, home ownership costs rise

by (Eastown Communi...)

Submitted 01-26-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Because of the collaboration between residents, the City of Grand Rapids and the Eastown Community Association (ECA), our community has become an attractive place to live. This attraction is demonstrated through our higher home...

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More Money for Landlords to Fix Lead

by (Healthy Homes C...)

Submitted 02-15-2011 under NONPROFITS

Effective immediately and until further notice, Get the Lead Out! program financing arrangements for landlords have been increased to $12,000 for the first unit served.  The co-pay has also been reduced to $500 per unit.   Get the Lead Out...

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