How do I register my property as a rental unit?  | Castle

How do I register my property as a rental unit?

The bulk of this article refers to properties in the city of Detroit. For information about properties in other cities, please scroll to the bottom of this article.

Every new owner is required by law to register their rental property with the city. Failure to do so may result in heavy fines and legal action from the city. (Learn more about the penalties for noncompliance.)

If you'd like Castle to facilitate all property compliance activities, refer to this article.

If you'd rather handle the rental registration process on your own, please take a look at this sample registration form below for help on how to fill it out correctly. Note that Castle will need to be listed as Management Firm at the bottom of the form.

Estimated Timelines

Please note that these are general estimates based on Castle's past experience, and do not serve as guarantees. Timelines are subject to the specific condition of your property and current capacity of the city.

While it can take 1-2 months to get your property fully compliant, Castle can begin the tenant placement process as soon as the rental registration form has been submitted, even if you have not yet received your Certificate of Compliance.

  • Submission of forms and payment: 1 day
  • Scheduling inspection date: 1-2 weeks
  • Inspection results: 1 week; 1-4 weeks to fix items listed on correction order (if any)
  • Re-inspections: 1 week to schedule
  • Lead inspection: 2-5 days to schedule; 1 week to receive inspection report; up to 3 weeks in repairs if needed. (Can happen simultaneous with city inspection)

Registration In Other Cities

While the general steps and timeline above will hold true for most cities, each municipality has their own registration requirements and timelines. Please see the links below for information about our most commonly-serviced cities outside of Detroit.