What is Legal Housing?
A rental dwelling unit is considered legal when it has been inspected by the Chief Building Inspector or a designated employed by the town, and meets all applicable housing, sanitary, building, electrical and fire codes, rules, and regulations. Upon receipt of the approved Inspection Report, the Chief Building Inspector shall issue a rental registration valid for 15 months from the date of issuance of the temporary rental registration.
A House Rental License is required of any entity that rents any type of housing unit. Similarly, an Accessory Apartment License is required of any entity that rents a self-contained living area within a single-family home. These licenses are issued to a landlord when the town deems that the house or apartment has met all applicable housing, sanitary, building, electrical and fire codes, rules, and regulations.
Please contact your local township to learn more about whether licenses of this nature are required to legally rent out a property. Furthermore, each township's license may look different from the sample above.
A dwelling unit which is subordinate to a permitted principal one-family residence use in terms of size, location and appearance and is located within the principal structure. A self-contained living area within a single-family home. It is a separate housekeeping unit, usually with its own kitchen and bathroom, either within or adjacent to an existing one-family house. In some areas, the apartment may be in a structure that is physically separated from the house.
The conveniences offered by a landlord to a tenant, including but not limited to: laundry, kitchen, smoke-free, porch, fireplace, tub/pool, private entrance, dishwasher, microwave, and extra storage.
A rental registration is issued upon application to the Chief Building Inspector and shall be valid for 15 months from the date of issuance of the temporary rental registration.
Temporary Rental Registration:
Upon a landlord properly filing a complete application with the Building Division, the Chief Building Inspector shall issue a temporary rental registration valid for 90 days. Having a temporary rental registration means that the town either has not inspected the property yet or has not yet approved the Inspection Report.
A general term that refers to such basic services as water, heat, and electricity. This includes, but is not limited to: electricity, water, oil, Internet, and cable.