Rental Housing Licenses & Inspections


The Residential Rental Property Ordinance was established to ensure that all rental housing in the City of Hancock are safe and meet basic housing requirements. It is the intent of the City to provide for the inspection of all residential rental properties available for rent in the City.  The inspection will confirm compliance with City Ordinance as well as basic safety features.  Rental properties are contributing properties to neighborhoods and as such be in harmony with other properties in the neighborhood.  All rental properties are required to be registered with the City, submit to an inspection, and pay an annual rental license fee. Maximum occupancy is dependent upon which zoning district the property is located in.

How will the Inspections Work?

The inspectors will conduct scheduled inspections for each rental property located in the City of Hancock. Inspectors will survey rental properties for interior and exterior code violations and issue corrective notices.

 The most common examples are:

  • Deteriorated or ineffective waterproofing of structure

  • Broken windows or doors

  • Ceiling, roof supports or members that sag split or buckle

  • Any building in disrepair that constitutes a public nuisance

  • Plumbing leaks

  • Not meeting required smoke alarms and fire extinguishers

What are the Benefits?

  • Protects the owner’s property

  • Improves living conditions for tenants

  • Improves the local housing stock

  • Protects neighborhood property values

All inspections of rental properties are conducted by:

Code Enforcement Officer
399 Quincy Street
Hancock, MI 49930
Phone: 906.482.2720

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