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Tenants’ Rights Commission Aims to Help Curb Evictions in Detroit

Photo: Eric Seals ~ USA TODAY NETWORK

DETROIT, May 9, 2024 ~ Half of the more than 240,000 housing units in the city of Detroit are occupied by renters, with many saying they need more accountability from landlords. Now, those renters will have a commission dedicated to advocating for their needs.

The Tenants’ Rights Commission was recently created by the Detroit City Council, with members serving two-year terms and meeting monthly. The mayor and city council will appoint members who will include at least four renters and a resident who owns no more than 10 properties up to city code. The panel will include seniors, students, and people with disabilities.


May 9, 2024 ~ Renters in the city of Detroit will soon have a commission that will advocate for their needs. WJR Senior News Analyst Marie Osborne talks with Guy Gordon, Lloyd Jackson, and Jamie Edmonds about why residents in the city’s 240,000 housing units saying they need more accountability from landlords.

(CONTINUED) Detroit renters have long complained about substandard living conditions and unfair evictions. Many complaints come from seniors who say they are dealing with mold, vermin, a lack of heat, and poor security in their buildings, adding that their concerns are often ignored.