Policies and Business
Information and F.A.Q.
This section of the Grand Rapids Apartments
website includes information about our company’s policies and business
information about our company. The page also includes Frequently Asked
Questions for local apartment seekers and apartment property owners who visit
This is a list of the information included on
this page. If you click on each item, you will connect to that subject.
Links to Other Sites
Fair Housing Law
Apartment Property Owners and Sponsors
The grand-rapids-apartments.net website was
created in 2006, with the official launch in August 2006. The website was
created by a local entrepreneur who saw a need for a complete listing of
apartments in the Grand Rapids area.
She did extensive research about local
apartments for the lists included on this site and she designed this website to
present the information for local apartment seekers and apartment property
owners. The business has been registered with Kent County (as a Sole
Proprietorship), with the official name “Grand Rapids Apartments”. The business
also has a federal tax ID number for record keeping, tax payment, and other
business purposes. To learn more about this website, please visit the “About
Us” section under the “Home” tab on the
There is no business location or office
hours. There is a post office box available for payments by check. You can always contact us by
and receive a response within 24 hours. Property owners and other local
businesses who choose to advertise on the site will be given a local phone number
they can use if they need to contact us by phone.
Visitors to the grand-rapids-apartments.net
website are required to access the information here for their personal use only.
Apartment seekers may print out and photocopy the informational materials
included on this site for their own use in their search for an apartment.
However, the materials and information on this website may not be reproduced
and/or sold for any fees or profits, to anyone, in any format. You may not
include any of the information found here on another website or on any other
apartment lists. If you have any questions about this policy, or would like to
request permission to use the information for anything other than personal
and/or non-commercial use, you should contact us.
If you would like to share any of the
information you find on this website, we suggest that you tell people to visit
us, and/or provide a link to our site on another website.
Although we have tried to provide information
that is as complete and as accurate as possible, Grand Rapids Apartments assumes
no responsibility for the accuracy of the information included on this website.
All information is provided “as is”, with all faults without warranty of any
kind, either express or implied, and we cannot guarantee the accuracy,
sufficiency, correctness, veracity, completeness, or timeliness of any such
information. In all cases, you should contact apartment property owners
directly for any information about their apartments.
This website includes links to many other
websites, both apartment communities and other resources. These links have been
provided for the convenience of, and as a service for, our site visitors. We can
not be, and are not, responsible for any of these websites and their contents,
and we do not endorse any of the material you might find there. If you connect
to an outside website from this website, you are subject to each site’s own
rules and policies. We cannot guarantee the safety of any of these outside
websites and if you choose to connect to them, you do so entirely at your own
All property owners and managers must comply
with the regulations of the federal Fair Housing Act, which prohibits “any
preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex,
handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make such
preference, limitation, or discrimination”.
The Grand Rapids Apartments website supports
Equal Housing Opportunity and will not knowingly include information for any
apartments or property owners who violate Fair Housing legislation.
If you suspect discrimination – or would like further information
about fair housing law – you should contact the following:
Fair Housing Center of West Michigan
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Chicago Regional Office of FHEO
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building
77 West Jackson Boulevard
– Room 2101
Chicago, IL 60604
312-353-7776, ext. 2453
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Apartment Property Owners and Sponsors
What marketing opportunities does this website offer for local apartment
Local property owners can advertise their
properties on this website. They can work with us to create their very own site
within this website. Communities that choose that option will also be able to
add photo(s) and/or text next to their apartment listing on the primary list of
apartments. Eight local apartments may also elect to become one of our
“Featured Apartments”. To learn more about these marketing options, please click
or on the “Our Services” link under the “Property Owners” section on the main
menu. All fees, and special rates, are subject to change at any time,
without prior notice.
What are the fees and payment options for apartment property owners?
Since our intent was to provide a website
with comprehensive information about all local apartments, the basic information
is included free of charge to property owners. That basic information
includes: apartment name, address, phone number, and website link. You can learn more about fees for the
additional marketing options by clicking here or on the “Fees and Payments” link
under the “Property Owners” tab on the main menu.
Other web-based apartment services have a different pricing method than yours –
they only charge apartments after a tenant is found. Why do you have monthly
order to implement their system, other web-based services have to “track” their
users. And, in order to do that, they require users to give out personal
information, including an e-mail address. It is also often necessary for
apartment seekers to log-in to view information about apartments. And, there is
a required procedure for apartment seekers to “report” that they have found an
apartment by using a particular service in order for the service to know when to
charge a fee to the apartment complex. When we set up this website, we didn’t
want to have any requirements for people to view the information included here.
Without that requirement, of course, we aren’t able to charge apartment owners
when tenants find an apartment there.
web-based services also limit the apartments on their sites to only those
apartments that choose to work with them, and agree to their terms. It was very
important for us that this website be different than that. We wanted to offer
apartment seekers a comprehensive list of nearly all the apartments in the
greater Grand Rapids area. Which is what we have done. The basic information
is listed for all major apartment complexes, and many of the smaller ones. We
have had first-hand experience with the frustration involved in the need to
search within multiple sources of information, and the most important feature of
the new website was to include as much information as possible, all in one
place, for the convenience of local apartment seekers.
wanted to include the option for local apartments to add more information about
their apartments, and for that we decided to charge a fee. We know that in some
cases apartments pay a fee to advertise, particularly in the newspaper and
rental publications. While those media have their place, they are quite
expensive, and the information they are able to include is much more limited
than an online presentation. We hope that as this website becomes more well
known locally, that more apartment seekers will use this resource, and enhance
the value to local apartments.
I have a single apartment available for rent. May I advertise on your website?
This website was originally intended as a
resource for local apartment property owners that have at least one whole
building of apartments. The marketing options include the creation of pages
designed to showcase their apartments and would not be appropriate for landlords
with one apartment available at a time. However, if there is any interest in
providing an option for smaller landlords, please contact us, and we will
probably be willing to add a section where you can list your apartment. Of
course, the information you would be able to include would be much more limited
than that available on a longer term basis for larger apartment communities.
There are other local resources available for
you that you might want to consider. The
rentGR.com business has
listings for single apartments; while we cannot endorse this company, it appears
to be a good option for individual apartment ads. Also, apartments that are
located in the Heritage Hill historic district can advertise on the neighborhood
association’s listing/website. If your apartment is within the Heritage Hill
boundaries, you can call them at 459-8950 or visit their website at
www.heritagehillweb.org for more information. We are personally familiar
with this association and do recommend them for landlords who have property
within the district.
I have a local business that I would like to promote to local apartment
seekers. May I advertise on this website?
Yes! We offer an opportunity for local
companies to place an advertisement on this website. Click
here or on the “Advertise with Us” link under
the “Sponsors” tab on the main menu for more information.
If I have questions that are not answered on the website itself, how can I
contact you for more information?
e-mail us or visit the “Contact” page
under the “More Information” section on the main menu for more options. We will
respond by e-mail, or by phone if you prefer (if so, please include that
request, along with your phone number, in the message).
I am looking for an apartment in the greater Grand Rapids area. What
information can I find here about local apartments and how can this website help
me during my search?
Welcome! You’ve come to the best place to
visit during your apartment search! We have the most comprehensive list of
apartments in the greater Grand Rapids area. For every apartment on our list,
we’ve included the apartment community’s name, address, and phone number. For
those apartments with their own website, the website name is also included –
just click on the name and you will be connected to their website. Some
apartments do not have their own website but do have some information included
within the website of their management company. For those apartments, you will
see the word “website” after their contact information. If you click on that
word, you can connect to that information.
Some local apartment communities have chosen
to advertise with us. For those apartments, you will find much more complete
information and we encourage you to learn more about these communities by
visiting their sections here on our website.
How do I find information on this website?
If you look at the main menu along the top of
every page, you will see the main website sections. For
an overview of the whole website at any time during your visit, you can
always refer to the Site Map.
The main sections are described briefly
Home: The site’s introductory page, with a
short description of what the site offers for apartment seekers and local
apartment property owners. This page also shows a photo montage of our eight
featured apartment communities.
About Us: Why and how this website was
created and a bit about what visitors can find here.
This section contains four lists of local
apartments. Each list is described in the next question. The four lists are:
3. Featured Apartments
Eight local apartment communities will be
featured on this website. They will have one photo included in the montage on
the home page and have a photo gallery you can link to in this section of the
These pages are included for the benefit of
apartment seekers who visit this website and include the following:
Local Information: Links to a variety of
websites related to living in our community. Links include: local governmental
jurisdictions, tourism and local business, shopping, entertainment and leisure,
culture and museums, education, parks and recreation, sports and fitness, media,
Renters Resources and Tips: Links to
information that you can use during your search for a local apartment and later
during your move to your new apartment (including tips for moving with pets).
Website Links: These links will connect you
to utilities and services related to your move.
Our Sponsors: Information about the
local businesses that advertise with us.
5. Property Owners
This section includes information for local
apartment property owners about the options we offer to advertise their
apartments on this website.
Our Services: Describes the marketing
opportunities for property owners.
Fees and Payments: Lists our advertising
fees as well as payment options and terms.
Resources: Links to resources for local
apartment property owners and managers.
Advertise with Us: Information for local
businesses about the advertising options we offer for them.
Information: Fees and payment information
for local businesses.
7. More Information
Contact Us: A contact form for anyone with
questions or comments related to this website.
Policies: Business information and company
policies and F.A.Q. for visitors to our site.
Site Map: An overview of our website, with
links to the major sections included here.
What are the different lists of apartments that will help me with my
search for a local apartment?
This site has
four different lists of local apartments. You can access each of these lists by
clicking on the links under “Apartments” on the main menu. The primary list is
in the “By Location” section. All the apartments are listed here – except for
senior only communities. The By Location list includes the apartment name,
address, phone number, and website link. The “Alphabetical List” is a listing
of all the apartments that have information on this website, in alphabetical
order. The “Senior Living” section lists all communities for seniors, in
alphabetical order; this list includes only those senior communities that have
at least some independent living options. The “Pet Friendly” section lists
those apartments that permit tenants to have at least one cat; some apartments
also allow at least one dog.
Do you have any information about moving resources or local communities?
Yes, we have included that information for
local apartment seekers who visit our website. Resources include
Information about the Grand Rapids area, such as local governments and
entertainment and culture. Whether you’re a lifelong resident, or just moving
to the area, this information will help you to learn more about what is
available in our metropolitan area. And there’s also some tips and other
Resources to help make your move a bit easier.
Do I have to share any personal information with you in order to take advantage
of the resources included on this website?
No! Our website is a “no hassle” experience
for you! You don’t have to give us your e-mail address or any other information
in order to use the resources here. And you won’t receive e-mails from us like
you do when you register at other apartment list sites. No fuss, no bother, no
What should I do if I find any information on your website that is not accurate?
Please do let us know! We have tried very
hard to make all the information presented here as accurate and as complete as
possible. However, if you find any information that is not correct, we would
very much appreciate it if you would contact us. And thank you!