- City Hall
- Human Relations
- Human Relations
- Housing Resources
- A summary of current federal and state eviction regulations and how they are being complied with in Ottawa County and handled in the 58th District Court.
- Good Samaritan Ministries’ new eviction diversion programs that offer short–term financial assistance and supportive services that help individuals and families remain housed and provide expedited payments to rental property owners.
Legal Aid of Western Michigan services for those facing eviction, a loss of a federal housing subsidy, or unfair housing practices.
Fact Sheets available in English and Spanish.
- What to Do Before Move In
- Heating Your Rental Unit
- Protect Your Security Deposit
- Can My Landlord Raise My Rent?
- Withholding Rent for Repairs
- Retencion del alquiler por reparaciones
Que hacer antes de mundarse
Puede mi dueno de viviendas aumentar mi alquiler
Proteja su Deposito de Suguridad
La calefaccion de su unidad de alquiler
Eviction Diversion Resources
- Michigan Homeowner Assistance Fund (MIHAF) Up to $25,000 housing grants to mitigate hardships associated with the coronavirus pandemic. Provides funds to prevent homeowner mortgage delinquencies, defaults, foreclosure, loss of utilities or home energy services and displacements of homeowners experiencing financial hardship on or after January 21, 2020 or for those homeowners who experience a coronavirus pandemic financial hardship that began before January 21, 2020 but continued after that date.
- Eviction Prevention English & Spanish (Good Samaritan Ministries via American Plan Rescue Act-ARPA)
- Ottawa County Eviction Update, Sept 23, 2021
Judge Bradley S. Knoll
- Eviction Diversion Program FAQ
- Eviction Prevention for Immigrants
- Prevencion de Desalojo para Inmigrantes
Struggling with Rent Payments? These Community Resources Can Help.
Download this listing of community organizations that can offer assistance with rent and housing expenses. Available in English and Spanish, see links to the right.
A Practical Guide for Tenants & Landlords
This guide (PDF), also available in Spanish, was prepared by the Michigan State University College of Law Housing Clinic and has everything you need to know about being a good tenant or a landlord. Printed copies are available at City Hall in the Human Relations or Community Neighborhood Services offices at:
207 S River Avenue
Holland, MI 49423
Home Repair Resources & Assistance
For qualifying homeowners needing housing repairs, this list includes state, city, and local funding sources and local organizations that can help get the job done.
United Way of Ottawa County has assembled a list of all the organizations in Ottawa County that support the community’s housing needs. This link will take you to a list of agencies, including contact information, that may be able to help with a specific housing need, including emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent housing, and homelessness prevention.
Fair Housing & Criminal Background Checks
Unfair criminal background screening can be housing discrimination. Screening based on criminal records should only consider convictions that indicate real and current risk to people or property. Screening criteria should be applied equally. People have the right to explain circumstances of their conviction and what they’ve done since. Learn more with this fact sheet prepared by the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan.
Fair Housing for Persons with Disabilities
Fair housing laws not only prohibit housing discrimination based on disability, but also afford people with disabilities the right to seek reasonable accommodations and modifications to make their housing and communities easier to use and access. Further, fair housing laws require specific accessibility features in all newly constructed multi-family housing to ensure equal housing opportunity for persons with disabilities. The Fair Housing Center of West Michigan has a variety of resources in English and Spanish on this topic, including Assistance Animals in Housing.
- Housing for Individuals with Disabilities is a resource list of housing options in Holland and the surrounding communities.
Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home
Renters: Federal law requires that before signing a lease for housing built before 1978, renters must receive the following from your landlord:
- An EPA-approved information pamphlet on identifying and controlling lead-based paint hazards: Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home. Also available in Spanish.
- Any known information concerning the presence of lead-based paint hazards in the home or building.
- For multi-unit buildings, this requirement includes records and reports concerning common areas and other unit when such information was obtained as a result of a building-wide evaluation.
- An attachment to the contract, or language inserted in the contract, that includes a "Lead Warning Statement" and confirms that the landlord has complied with all notification requirements.
If you have concerns, ask your landlord to get a Lead Hazard Inspection from a certified inspector before signing your lease.
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
This program from the MDHHS has information and resources to prevent childhood lead poisoning across the state through surveillance, outreach, and health services. Visit their website to learn more.