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Sens. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) are announcing legislation to address elevator outages at apartment buildings in Michigan to help ensure building safety and accessibility for tenants.
As many of Michigan’s large residential buildings age, elevators fall into disrepair and become nonfunctional. There are times when elevators are not working for days, weeks, or even months at a time, and tenants are not receiving notification or updates from property managers.
In response, the senators introduced two bills, Senate Bills 1144 and 1145 that would require building owners to develop a written plan about how they will provide tenants with accommodations in the event of long-term elevator outages. Building owners would choose which accommodations work best for their needs, be required to share these written plans with tenants, and then submit them to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) for their review.