Mike and Jackie Shulsky

Lansing - East Lansing Area Real Estate

Purchasing Income Property in East Lansing

East Lansing and Meridian Township no longer issue licenses for more than two unrelated occupants and some neighborhoods have zoning restrictions that prohibits new rental licenses or limits them to owner occupied only.  As a homeowner a student can live in his/her single family home or condominium and have one roommate without the need of a license. More than one roommate will be impossible unless the purchased home has a transferable license for three or more unrelated persons.

  • East Lansing and Meridian Township only grants licensing for two unrelated or a family.
  • Many neighborhoods have restrictions that prohibits rentals.
  • A student may live in an unlicensed home of which he is part owner and have one roommate.
  • A license is not required for more than two family members.



 City of East Lansing Rental Housing Information  
Frequently Asked Questions. Rental license classifications. Applying for a rental license. Required inspections. Neighborhoods that prohibit rentals.

Many homes have "grandfathered" licenses for three to eight unrelated occupants.
When available they will be listed below until sold. 


The data relating to real estate on this website comes from REALTORS® who submit listing information to the Internet Date Exchange (IDX) Program of the Eastern Central Area Association of Realtors. All MLS listings are marked with an Eastern Central Area Association of REALTORS® icon. Information being provided on this website is for consumers' personal, non-commercial use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing.