Premise Violations

The Office of Code Enforcement continually works to promote the public health, safety and welfare by requiring a minimum level of maintenance of private property. A well maintained visual environment is a deterrent to those activities which negatively impact our neighborhoods. A proactive approach by residents (and Code Enforcement Officers) assists in maintaining healthy neighborhoods.

Typical Premises Violations


Safety


A Safety Housing Correction Notice is issued when a violation of the code exists which requires correction. This may be either owner occupied or rental property. Typical examples may include inadequate sanitation, lack of required utilities, hazardous mechanical, electrical, plumbing or structural deficiencies. Once the violations are corrected and a re-inspection conducted the correction notice is complied.

Emergency Board-Up


When a dwelling is found to be open and accessible due to a damaged entry door or window(s) or is open to the elements through other means, the structure is ordered to be secured through boarding of the openings if the door(s) or window(s) cannot be secured by installed hardware.

Exterior


Exterior violations for which a correction notice would be issued may include deteriorated or damaged siding, roofing, soffit and fascia, doors and windows, chipped and peeling paint, gutters, and downspouts. Once the violations are corrected and a re-inspection conducted the correction notice is complied.

Address Letter


When a Code Enforcement Officer finds that a dwelling lacks proper address signage this form of correction notice is issued. Once the violation is corrected and a re-inspection conducted the notice is complied.

Rental Certification


Inspections of rental properties are conducted on a three-year cycle for one and two family dwellings and on a two-year cycle for multiple family dwellings. Once a rental inspection has been conducted a correction notice will be issued for any noted violations. Typical examples may include inadequate sanitation, lack of required utilities, hazardous mechanical, electrical, plumbing or structural deficiencies. If no violations were found a Rental Certification Inspected and Complied notice will be issued. Once the violations are corrected and a re-inspection conducted the correction notice is complied and the certificate issued.

Rental Certification Inspected & Complied


This type of notice is issued following a rental inspection where no violations were found.

Lack of Certificate


This form of correction notice is issued when a rental dwelling certificate has expired or when corrections have not been made by the compliance due date. The issuance of this notice is also accompanied by a pink tag being placed on the structure noting that the dwelling lacks a Valid Certificate of Compliance. If compliance is not met the owner may be issued a ticket or depending on the circumstances the dwelling may be vacated.

Failure to Register


When a potential unregistered rental property is discovered the Office of Code Enforcement will issue a Failure to Register notification. This document informs the taxpayer of record that this dwelling appears to be an unregistered rental property. Typically owners contact us upon receipt of this notice to verify the status of the property. In some cases the dwelling has been sold on a Land Contract which has not been recorded with the County Register of Deeds. The City of Lansing requires all land contracts to be recorded with the County Register of Deeds or a property transfer affidavit to be filed with the Office of Code Enforcement within 15 days of a sale. If the Failure to Register notice is not complied, a Lack of Certificate notice will be issued.

Premises Violation Timeline


  1. City inspects for violation.
  2. Correction Notice sent by First Class Mail to taxpayer of record, owner and tenant (If occupied dwelling).
  3. Typically allow seven days to correct the violation(s). In cases where the violation presents a specific hazard or danger, notice may be greatly reduced.
  4. If completed by the owner - violation is complied.
  5. If requested, extensions may be granted at the discretion of the Code Compliance Officer.
  6. Re-inspection by Code Officer following expiration of notice to assure compliance.
  7. If violation continues to exist after re-inspection it will be submitted to contractor for abatement.
  8. If abatement is ordered by the city, all costs and administrative fees will be billed to the property owner.
  9. If two or more notices are issued to the same property within a calendar year, the owner may be subject to an additional notice fees for each violation.
This database provides a listing of all premises violations issued within the City of Lansing during the current year. The properties may be searched by street address. The listing provides you with the Violation Type, Violation Date, the required Compliance Due Date (subject to change based on extension requests), as well as the Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) area.

For additional information, please feel free to contact our office at 517-483-4361.