June 2021: Veteran and Active-Duty Licensure Bills Signed into Law

The Veteran and Active-Duty License Reciprocity bill package was signed into law by the Governor on Wednesday. The bi-partisan package creates a pathway to professional licensure reciprocity in Michigan for Active-Duty, Veteran, Reserves, and members of the Uniformed Services when transferred to Michigan as a result of their military service. The scope of reciprocity also extends to a surviving spouse or surviving child under the age of 26 years. Michigan Realtors® amended language to ensure that all military personnel would qualify to receive the licensing reciprocity, including those serving in the National Guard. Your Public Policy team also made sure that professional and legal parameters must be met in order for the licensee to qualify under the newly enacted law. 2021 Michigan Realtors® President, E’toile Libbett was able to play a major role in testifying in support of these bills and the changes that were made.

Bill Sponsors include Rep. Schroeder PA 23'21 (R-Independence Township), Rep. Anthony PA 24'21 (D-Lansing), Sen. Bizon PA 25'21 (R-Battle Creek), and Sen. Bullock –PA 26'21 (D-Detroit).

For any further public policy updates, please visit the Michigan Realtors® Advocacy-Initiatives page. Contact your field staff with any questions.

May 2021: Short-Term Rental Protections Move Out of Committees

The protection of an individual’s private property rights has long been of significant importance for Realtors® on the Federal, State, and Local levels. This week legislation protecting the right to rent on a short-term basis passed out of House and Senate committees and onto the floor of the respective chambers. HB 4722 (Rep. Sarah Lightner (R) – Springport) and SB 446 (Sen. Aric Nesbitt (R) – Lawton), amends the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, to establish a meaningful definition of short-term rental as a residential use and protects that right from local zoning bans. The bill language defines “short-term rental” as a single-family residence, a dwelling unit in a 1-to-4 family house, or any unit or group of units in a condominium complex, rented for a term of 30 consecutive days or less.

Under the bill, local governments still maintain their ability to regulate short-term rentals through their police powers. These include noise and advertising, occupancy, nuisances, inspections, licensing, and many more. Substitutes for HB 4722 (H-1) and SB 446 (S-1), were adopted in committee to clarify this ability for local government. Please contact your field staff with any questions or concerns.

Other bills moving through the legislature this week:

May 2021: Michigan Short-Term Rental Legislation Introduced

HB 4722 - Sponsor: Representative Sarah Lightner - amends the Michigan Zoning Act to clarify that short-term rentals are residential nature. The change in law will protect the use of short-term rentals from an out-right ban through local government zoning. Amending the Michigan Zoning Act finally establishes a meaningful definition of short-term rental as a permitted residential use. The language designates “short-term rental” as a single-family residence, a dwelling unit in a 1-to-4 family house, or any unit or group of units in a condominium complex, for terms of 30 consecutive days or less. The bill will be taken up for initial testimony in the House Committee on Commerce and Tourism very soon. There is a Senate version planned for introduction today by Senate President Pro Tempore, Senator Aric Nesbitt.

In addition, this week the Michigan House passed a bill clarifying the process for getting a new title for a mobile home. The bill received a bi-partisan vote of support in the House of Representatives, and now continues on in the Senate. HB 4304 reestablishes the surety bond process for taking possession of, or the retrieval of, a new or lost title to a mobile/manufactured home located outside of a mobile home community.

Lastly, the Veteran and Active-Duty Licensure bills have moved to the floor in both the House and Senate for final votes before heading to the Governor’s Desk for her signature.

Please contact your field staff with any questions. Visit the Michigan Realtors® - Advocacy Initiatives page for any updates on current legislation.

April 2021: Legislative Initiatives on the Move

Michigan Realtors® First-Time Homebuyers Savings Account (FTHBSA) received an overwhelming bi-partisan vote of support on the floor of both the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate.

The package of bills include: HB 4289 (Rep. Damoose – (R) Harbor Springs), HB 4290 (Rep. Manoogian – (D) Birmingham), SB 145 (Sen. Horn – (R) Frankenmuth), and SB 146 (Sen. Runstad – (R) White Lake). The FTHBSA will implement a tax incentivized savings program tailored around housing attainability and affordability when purchasing a first-time home in the State of Michigan. Structured much like a college savings account, the FTHBSA can be established by the first-time homebuyer, a parent/guardian, grandparent, or an individual who has been removed from homeownership for three or more years.

Michigan Realtors® President, E’toile Libbett, also testified this past week on behalf of Michigan Realtors® in support of the Active-Duty and Veteran Licensure Reciprocity bills. President LIbbett, a veteran (Captain) of the United States Army, highlighted the reality that most who serve in the military are subject to a move or transfer every three years. This legislation provides the opportunity for a qualified applicant seeking reciprocity to provide the necessary validation and equivalency to LARA for consideration. The Senate Committee on Families, Seniors, and Veterans passed and adopted the House version of these bills to mirror the language of SB 157 and 158 that moved through the Senate last week. This bi-partisan effort (HB 4376 (Rep. Schroeder – (R) Independence Township), HB 4377 (Rep. Anthony – (D) Lansing), SB 157 (Sen. Bizon – (R) Battle Creek), SB 158 (Sen. Hollier – (D) Wayne County) creates a pathway to licensure for active-duty, veteran, reserves, or uniformed services in the State of Michigan. The scope of reciprocity would also extend to a surviving spouse or child under 26-years of age.

Both the First-Time Homebuyers Savings Account and the Veteran Licensure Reciprocity packages are moving towards their final votes in the coming weeks. Feel free to contact your field staff with any questions.

First-Time Homebuyers Savings Account Passes out of Michigan’s Chambers

Michigan Realtors® First-Time Homebuyers Savings Account (FTHBSA) received overwhelming bi-partisan support on the floor of both the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate this afternoon. The bills move to the counterpart chamber and will look to find identical success as the package receives its final votes.

The package of bills include: HB 4289 (Rep. Damoose – (R) Harbor Springs), HB 4290 (Rep. Manoogian – (D) Birmingham), SB 145 (Sen. Horn – (R) Frankenmuth), and SB 146 (Sen. Runestad – (R) White Lake). The FTHBSA will implement a tax incentivized savings program tailored around housing attainability and affordability when purchasing a first-time home in the State of Michigan. Structured much like a college savings account, the FTHBSA can be used by the first-time homebuyer, a parent/guardian, grandparent, or an individual who has been removed from homeownership for three or more years. It will not only bolster homeownership in the State of Michigan but assist in intrastate talent retention as well.

The Michigan Realtors® Public Policy team is extremely excited to see the benefits that this program will bring to the real estate industry and to the State of Michigan as a whole.

April 2021: First-Time Homebuyers Savings Account Moves out of Committee

Michigan Realtors® has made the creation of the First-Time Homebuyers Savings Account (FTHBSA) a top priority for the 2021-2022 Legislative Term. The bipartisan bill package creates a tax incentivized savings vehicle for a first-time home purchase in the State of Michigan. The account can be opened in the name of an individual or a beneficiary with an annual tax deduction and tax-free growth, as long as it is used for a first time home purchase in Michigan. The annual tax deduction is $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 if filing taxes jointly. There is also a $50,000 investment cap over the 20-year life of the account. Michigan Realtors® is confident that the FTHBSA will not only bolster homeownership in Michigan, but it will play an essential role for talent retention within the State as well.

HB 4289 & 4290 – Rep. Damoose (R-Harbor Springs) & Rep. Manoogian (D-Birmingham)
SB 145 & 146 – Sen. Horn (R-Frankenmuth) & Sen. Runstead (R-White Lake)

After initial testimony, the Michigan Department of Treasury communicated concerns regarding administration of the program. Our Public Policy staff met with the Department and is working with the Treasury Department on their concerns. The bills passed out of their House and Senate committees this week with overwhelming support. The House Committee on Tax Policy adopted a substitute for HB 4289 to clarify the State Treasury Department’s administrative role and to remove any tax penalty for Active-Duty Military personnel if they are transferred out-of-state and need to withdraw funds from their account. The Senate bills moved forward as introduced.

February 2021: Michigan Realtors® Introduce First-Time Homebuyers Savings Account Legislation

Legislation to create the Michigan First-Time Homebuyers Savings Account was introduced this past Tuesday. The bipartisan bills - HB 4289, HB 4290, SB 145, and SB 146 - would create an innovative savings vehicle to bolster homeownership and affordability in Michigan. Under the legislation, FHSAs could be opened either jointly or individually in the name of a first-time homebuyer beneficiary. This savings account would provide up to 20 years of investment deductibility from an account holder’s state income tax, while allowing the interest on the designated account to grow tax-free. The annual deductible threshold is set at $5,000 for a single tax return and $10,000 for a joint filing. The account has a contribution cap of $50,000. House Tax Policy Chairman, Representative Matt Hall (R- Emmett Township), a co-sponsor of the House bills, is highly supportive of the legislation and is eyeing a mid-March date for the first hearing.

Michigan Realtors® would like to thank our bipartisan sponsors and cosponsors: Rep. John Damoose (R- Harbor Springs), Rep. Mari Manoogian (D- Birmingham), Sen. Ken Horn (R- Frankenmuth), Sen. Jim Runestead (R- White Lake), Sen. Paul Wojno (D- Warren), Sen. Michael MacDonald (R- Sterling Heights), Sen. Curtis VanderWall (R- Ludington), Sen. Adam Hollier (D- Detroit), and Rep. Mark Tisdel (R- Rochester Hills).

January 2021: Governor Whitmer Delivers 2021 SOTS Address

On Wednesday, January 27, Governor Whitmer delivered her third State of the State address. Her annual speech covered drug affordability, roads and infrastructure, schools, drinking water quality, and the Michigan COVID-19 recovery plan. Over the next year, the Governor’s Administration will be announcing initiatives and projects from tech, mobility and manufacturing growth, to clean energy and road construction; with a focus to protect, grow, and create Michigan jobs.

Michigan COVID-19 Recovery Plan: Governor Whitmer called on the Michigan Legislature to work with her Administration on passing the Michigan COVID Recovery plan to allocate the funds passed by the federal government at the end of 2020. The recovery plan is focused on vaccine distribution, getting students back into schools and on track, supporting small businesses, and jumpstarting Michigan’s economy. It also includes over $600 million in rental and utility assistance for tenants and landlords.

Drug Affordability: Governor Whitmer announced the creation of the bipartisan Prescription Drug Task Force in 2020. Their primary role is to develop policy solutions to lower prescription drug costs and create transparency within the process of pricing prescription drugs.

Michigan Clean Drinking Water: Governor Whitmer called on Michigan’s Legislature to pass the MI Clean Water plan. It includes a $500 million water investment that directs dollars to communities for safe, clean water and supports over 7,500 Michigan jobs.

Michigan Schools: The Governor announced the MI Classroom Heroes grants of up to $500 for each teacher and their supporting staff. Grants will begin to roll out this month and will help offset some expenses educators had to make throughout the pandemic.

View Full Address https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_91277---,00.html

A Michigan Realtors® RPAC Year in Review

It goes without saying, 2020 has been nothing of the ordinary. The past year has tested the resiliency and professionalism of Realtors® in all capacities. Through it all, RPAC continues to advocate for the betterment of the real estate Industry.

With the assistance from the Federal Government and the National Association of Realtors®, Michigan Realtors® were proud to work towards the implementation of Unemployment Insurance for Independent Contractors and Self-Employed individuals in Michigan. It was important that our membership had financial support while steps were being taken to resume day-to-day real estate activities. Michigan Realtors® laid out fundamental get-back-to-work guidelines that were adopted and referenced by industries throughout the state. Such guidelines are the reason our industry was one of the very first to restart in-person business. Prior to fully opening, real estate closings moved forward virtually. Michigan Realtors® advanced legislation in 2018 that allowed electronic notary in Michigan. We worked to expand that legislation this year by implementing a savings clause that codifies anything properly notarized, in accordance with the EO at the time, would stand as legitimate.

On top of these unprecedented times, 2020 was also an election year. With the help of our Local Associations and the RPAC Trustee Committee, RPAC made endorsements in all 127 candidate races. Michigan Realtors® RPAC ended the 2020 cycle with a 96% electoral success rate. The endorsement process relies on our local association’s participation and their candidate recommendations. Each candidate went through an extensive interview process where our locals were able to have an industry related conversation based on real time issues. All candidate endorsements are supported by the Michigan Realtors® RPAC Trustees Committee. Your Michigan Realtors® Public Policy team is excited to welcome the newly elected legislators and welcome back those that were re-elected for another term.

The first completely virtual Michigan Realtors® 2020 Convention was a major success. We couldn’t have asked for better instructors for our continuing education courses and we can be confident that our membership benefited greatly. In addition, Michigan Realtors® RPAC welcomed 2021 President, E’toile Libbett! President E’toile brings an extensive knowledge of the industry and will lead as the President of Michigan Realtors® Association with great command. With President E’toile at the helm, Michigan Realtors® cannot be more excited to get to work in 2021!

Legislative Successes:

  • Good Moral Character Bill (HB 4488): Establishes guidelines when determining requirements for an occupational or professional license. Prevents a licensing board or agency from using a civil or criminal judgment as conclusive evidence of an individual’s lack of moral character. This will enable the opportunity for someone who may have made a mistake in their past to receive a license in their desired profession.
  • Disabled Veteran Homestead Exemption (HB 4851): Amends the definition of qualified error to include issues beyond the control of a disabled veteran or his or her surviving spouse that resulted in the denial of their disabled veteran property tax exemption.
  • COVID – 19 Liability Bills (HB 6030, 6031, 6032, 6101): Provides a standard of protection against COVID-19 contraction in their businesses when following all CDC guidelines. Encourages businesses to take the precautionary measurements seriously.
  • Continued Education Deadline Extension (HB 6313): Extends the Continued Education requirements for real estate brokers, associate brokers, and salespersons from November 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.
  • Remote and Electronic Notary: Law we passed back in 2018. This year we worked with Governor Whitmer and Leadership to increase accessibility.
  • Implemented a savings clause that states anything properly notarized and in accordance with the EO at the time will stand legitimate.
  • Codified the enhancement until the end of the year.
  • PRE-Extension (SB 94): Extended the filing date for the Principal Residence Exemption to June 30th for the 2020 Calendar year.
  • Written Contract Legislation (SB 253): Prohibits a person from enforcing certain actions under real estate agreements, promises, or contracts unless it’s in writing signed by the party to be charged.

Looking towards 2021 & 2022:

  • First Time Home-buyers Savings Account
  • Short-term Rentals
  • Mobile Home Titling
  • Elliot Larson Civil Rights Act Expansion

As 2020 comes to a wrap, Michigan Realtors® emphasizes the importance of RPAC and all that it does for our industry. Without the support of RPAC, our industry wouldn’t be where it is today. A large thank you goes out to our membership for your continued support and ruthless dedication to the cause. We can all look back with serenity and look forward to 2021 with great poise and determination.

Happy New Year from the Michigan Realtors® Staff!


RPAC Election Recap

The Michigan General Election has wrapped. Michigan had 110 State House of Representative seats up for grabs, 15 U.S. Congressional seats, and 2 Michigan Supreme Court Justice seats available. There were countless local ballot initiatives and two state-wide ballot proposals.

With the help of our Local Associations and the RPAC Trustee Committee, RPAC made endorsements in all 127 candidate races. RPAC with an endorsement success rate of 96%.

U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate race between Republican candidate John James and incumbent Senator Gary Peters will go down as one of the most expensive in Michigan history. After James’ early lead, Senator Gary Peters’ vote count surpassed James, as absentee ballots were counted. With 99.7% of precincts Reporting, the race was called for Incumbent Senator Gary Peters who held a total of 2,718,451 votes.

US. House of Representatives

Incumbent U.S. Representatives in the following Michigan U.S. House districts were re-elected: 1st (Rep. Bergman), 2nd (Rep. Huizenga), 4th (Rep. Moolenaar), 5th (Rep. Kildee), 6th (Rep. Upton),7th (Rep. Walberg), 8th (Rep. Slotkin), 9th (Rep. Levin), 11th (Rep. Stevens), 12th (Rep. Dingell),13th (Rep. Tlaib), and 14th (Rep. Lawrence). Michigan had two open U.S. Congressional seats (3) and (10). Business-woman Lisa McClain rolled her democratic opponent and will succeed U.S. Representative Paul Mitchell in the 10th District. GOP nominee Peter Meijer also won his race against Democratic opponent Hillary Scholten to secure the 3rd District and succeed U.S. Representative Justin Amash. These two open seat victories mean an even Republican/Democrat split in Michigan’s Congressional delegation.

Michigan Supreme Court

Michigan Supreme Court candidates are nominated by political parties but are not partisan towards their nominating party. The Democrat Party nominated Incumbent Justice Bridget Mary McCormack and Elizabeth Welch and the Republican Party nominated Brock Swartzle and Mary Kelly. The election was for two full-term seats on the Michigan Supreme Court. RPAC endorsed Justice Bridget Mary McCormack and Judge Brock Swartzle. After the votes were counted Justice McCormack won re-election to the State Supreme Court. Joining her is her Democrat nominated colleague, Elizabeth Welch.

Michigan House of Representatives

With polling showing that a State House majority flip was possible, Republicans had a tremendously successful general election night. Michigan House Republicans will maintain a 58-52 Majority. The House Dems were able to flip two Republican-held open seats in Districts 38 (Kelly Breen) and 61 (Christine Morse). However, these flips were countered as the House Republicans defeated Democrat incumbents in District 48 (Sheryl Kennedy) and 96 (Brian Elder).

Proposal 1

RPAC also supported Proposal 1 to expand the Natural Resources Trust Fund to alleviate the current royalty cap of $500 Million. The cap removal enables the Natural Resources Trust Fund to protect Michigan’s parks and recreational facilities for years to come. Proposal 1 was voted on and passed with an 84% supporting vote.

October 2020

As Realtors® are well aware, on Friday, the Michigan Supreme Court held that Governor Whitmer did not have the authority to issue the COVID-19 Executive Orders without legislative approval. What that means for of us today is not clear. Governor Whitmer has claimed that the decision should not take immediate effect and has asked the Michigan Supreme Court to issue a ruling backing her up on this. Attorney General Dana Nessel has said that, at least for the time being, she will not enforce the Governor’s Executive Orders but has stated that other enforcement agencies are free to make their own decisions. Three county health departments -- Oakland, Ingham, and Washtenaw – have already issued their own mask orders. Others may follow. MIOSHA has announced it will continue to enforce COVID-19 precautions under the agency's "general duty" clause, which requires an employer to provide a workplace that is free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to an employee.

Both the State Department of Health and Human Services and County health departments have statutory authority to prohibit the gathering of people and to “establish procedures to be followed” during an epidemic for “continuation of public health services and enforcement of heath laws.” In fact, today DHHS issued a replacement order to keep in place mask requirements, gathering limitations, and the restaurant and bar limitations that were present in the Governor's prior orders. The Governor stated today that those aspects of her orders are still in effect as a result. We are likely to hear more from DHHS, MIOSHA and other state agencies as well as county health departments across the State. And, of course, as pointed out in the Court’s decision, the Legislature and the Governor have the authority to work together to enact legislation.

We will continue to review today's DHHS order and monitor the situation, keeping Realtors® apprised of developments going forward. In the face of changing legal requirements, we continue to encourage Realtors® throughout the State to understand their local requirements and to consider the best practices as outlined in MR’s showing addendums:

Recommended Practices for Sellers Permitting Showings and/or Open Houses

 

  • If at all possible, Sellers should not be present during showings or open houses.
  • Prior to any scheduled showing or open house, please turn on all lights and leave interior doors, drapes and blinds open. This will ensure that anyone entering the home will not need to touch light switches/doorknobs.
  • Prior to and after any showing or open house, clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, handles, light switches and countertops.

Recommended Practices for Buyers During Showings

  • Buyers attending showings/visits should meet their agents at the property and wait in their car for the agent to arrive.
  • Buyers should not bring anyone to the showing who does not need to view the property. All adults attending the showing shall be required to sign this Showing Certification and Release.
  • Do not touch any surfaces in the property. Do not turn off lights or close interior doors. Do not share phones, pens, tablets etc. with anyone else attending the showing.
  • Buyers are encouraged to wear gloves and masks while viewing a home. Use hand sanitizer immediately prior to entering the home and upon exiting prior to getting into your car.
  • Minimize the time physically present at the home.

August 2020: Michigan RPAC Scores with 95% Success Rate in Primary Endorsements

With Tuesday’s Primary Election behind us, the Michigan Realtors® RPAC Trustees are very excited with the results. Thanks to the hard work from volunteer leadership with every local association, along with the efforts and final deliberation of the RPAC Trustees, Michigan RPAC provided candidate endorsements in 117 races – with an exceptional 95% of those candidates winning their primary election. This success is in large part due to the local candidate interview process, which includes industry-specific Q&A with the candidates to determine their respective positions on issues impactful to the real estate industry. We want to express our immense gratitude to the members and Realtor® champions who participated in the interviewing process.

While we are extremely pleased with the successes in the Primary, we now focus our attention to the General Election on November 3, 2020. Michigan RPAC is gearing up to make key endorsements in all 125 races. If you have any questions regarding the election outcomes and the endorsement process, please contact your designated field staff for clarification.

You can review the RPAC Primary Endorsements on our Elections page.

July 2020: Governor Vetoes July Property Tax Extension Bills

On July 8, 2020, Governor Whitmer vetoed House Bills 5761 and 5810, which would have provided additional time for residents and businesses to pay their July property tax bills without penalty or interest. The bills, supported by Michigan Realtors®, passed the legislature on a wide bi-partisan margin in both the House and the Senate.

The bills were sponsored by Representative Jim Lower (R- Greenville) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of the legislation was to provide property tax relief to those that had been impacted financially by the virus or the Stay at Home orders. On the other side, the bills tried to keep local government revenues whole through the use of an advance payment fund in the Department of Treasury and local tax delinquent revolving funds.

The Governor’s veto message focused on her concerns over the state taking on the liabilities of Michigan counties thereby impacting a county’s credit and access to borrowing.

It should be noted that on June 24th, Governor Whitmer did sign into law Senate Bill 940 to allow homeowners until June 30th to file their Principal Residence Exemption. Michigan Realtors® will regroup with Representative Lower and the other stakeholders in the coming days.

Read the Governor's veto message here.

June: 2020 Principal Residence Exemption Filing Extension Headed to Governor

On June 10th, the Michigan House of representatives passed Senate Bill 940, sponsored by Senator Roger Victory (R- Hudsonville) extending the time frame to file a 2020 PRE until June 30th. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for her signature.

Over the past several weeks Michigan Realtors® has worked with the Legislature and the Department of Treasury to allow additional time for buyers to file their Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) for 2020. With the traditional deadline expiring this past Monday, June 1st, Michigan Realtors® is urging the Governor for a quick signature to provide buyers with the greatest amount of certainty and allow local governments to make adjustments for the July property tax bill.

June 2020: Michigan Senate Moves Bill to Allow for Principal Residence Exemptions Until June 30th

Over the past several weeks Michigan Realtors® has worked with the Legislature and the Department of Treasury to allow additional time for buyers to file their Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) for 2020. With the traditional deadline expiring this past Monday, June 1st, Michigan Realtors® is urging expedited movement on this important legislation to provide buyers with property tax relief and the greatest amount of certainty during the month of June.

Today, the Michigan Senate passed Senate Bill 940, sponsored by Senator Roger Victory (R- Hudsonville) extending the time frame to file a 2020 PRE until June 30th. With the overwhelming support of the Senate and work with the Department of Treasury, it is anticipated that the bill will see continued movement in the Michigan House next week.

While there are no certainties, Realtors® should advise their buyer closing in the month of June to file their PRE before June 30th in order to receive the PRE rate for their July property tax bill.

Michigan Realtors® Move COVID-19 Relief Legislation

As Lansing came alive on May 26, 2020, the Michigan Realtors® moved four separate pieces of legislation to bring significant relief to property owners across the State of Michigan.

Senate Bill 940, Sponsored by Senator Roger Victory, extends the Principal Residence Exemption filing deadline for this year from June 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020. Senate Bill 940 passed unanimously through the Senate Finance Committee and will be up for a vote on the Senate floor next week.

With the traditional PRE deadline on Monday, June 1st, this bill is retroactive. It is also on a fast track through the process. While there are no certainties, we encourage you to advise your clients to submit their Principal Residence Exemption immediately for closings in the month of June.

Also, out of the Senate Finance Committee today was Representative Roger Hauck’s Bill, House Bill 5766. Under this legislation, property owners would be granted a 96-day extension to file property tax appeals. Property tax appeals with deadlines between May 27, 2020, and September 1, 2020, would have a designated deadline of August 31, 2020. House Bill 5766 received a unanimous vote in the House and Senate committee. Later this morning, the Senate passed HB 5766 and sent it to the Governor for her signature.

Earlier this month Michigan Realtors® worked with other stakeholders, treasury, and the Governor’s office for an Executive Order moving the property tax appeals deadline for commercial and industrial property. House Bill 5766 is important to also extend the deadlines for residential and agricultural properties.

Representative James Lower, Chair of the House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee, introduced the two-bill package, House Bill 5761 and House Bill 5810, and held testimony this morning. These bills provide property tax relief to commercial and residential taxpayers affected by Covid-19. The bills allow for 11 ½ months to pay property taxes without penalty or interest upon filing of an affidavit with the local unit of government. In addition, House Bill 5810 provides that local tax collection units must allow taxpayers the opportunity to enter into payment plans that would enable the taxpayer to pay their summer 2020 taxes until the last day that winter 2020 taxes could be collected. The bills are scheduled for a second hearing next week in Representative Lower’s committee.

May 2020: The National Association of REALTORS® 2020 Legislative Meetings are now under way virtually and registration is free

Don’t miss out on informative events such as NAR 360 and the Federal Legislative and Political Forum featuring Chris Christie and Rahm Emanuel both taking place on Tuesday, May 12 During NAR 360, NAR's leadership team will address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the real estate industry specifically addressing ways in which NAR has been at the forefront of helping its members through these troubling times. The Federal Legislative and Political Forum speakers, Chris Christie and Rahm Emanuel will provide insight on what we can expect from the campaign trail in the coming months. Register for the 2020 Legislative Meetings here: