Property Maintenance

As we age, many of us will take steps to maintain and improve our health. The neighborhoods and structures in Lansing likewise require maintenance to stay in good health. Individual structures and neighborhoods that are poorly maintained cost citizens more money; depress property values, and foster vandalism and crime.

The best solution to maintaining good neighborhoods is for everyone to voluntarily comply with a standard of maintenance agreed upon by the community.

Unfortunately, some property owners are unable to meet the expectations of the community without some help or additional incentives. That is why citizens have asked government to enforce minimum property maintenance standards. Enforcement of these standards protects surrounding property owners and tenants, who might otherwise suffer substandard conditions.

The Housing Code requires that structures be maintained in a sound, sanitary condition and all parts must be in good repair and working order.

What Kind of Property Maintenance Is Required?


  • All exterior surfaces must be sealed against rain, weather, insects and other pests.
  • Doors, windows and screens must be in good repair, operate properly, and be locked.
  • Driveways, sidewalks, etc. must be in good repair and free of debris.
  • Fencing is erect and in good repair. No missing sections or boards.
  • Paint or other preservative treatment is required to prevent weathering and deterioration of the structure’s parts.
  • Repair rotted wood, broken or missing boards, siding, roof shingles, soffit, fascia, stairs, railings, fences, and walls.