Short-Term Rental Issue in Michigan: The Latest on our New Resource Page, and Pending Bills
Posted on May 24, 2021 by
Go to shorttermrental.mml.org to learn more on this issue.
There’s a lot going on this week with the short-term rental issue and the Michigan Municipal League needs your help with two bills likely to go for a vote in legislative committees tomorrow – Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
In addition, please, please (that’s two ‘pleases’) use the League’s Action Center (click here) to send UPDATED letters opposed to this legislation to these committee members and to your lawmakers in the House and Senate.
Please reach out to both committees, as both bills have committee hearings and each chamber needs to hear our opposition. Make sure to include the committee clerks on all messages, and if you’d like to provide written testimony for the hearing. State you’d like your correspondence included in the official committee record. This is an important step!
Background on this issue: Since the popularity of short-term rental websites came on the scene several years ago, Michigan communities have worked hard to come up with reasonable rules and regulations that strike the delicate balance of allowing short-term rentals in ways that keep all property owners in mind. But now, the special interest groups have fought to open the flood gates to short-term vacation rentals in Michigan’s communities and turn our neighborhoods into a series of mini hotels that are only occupied seasonally. Efforts are underway to lobby state lawmakers to go on the side of corporations and big government. This effort strips away the ability of local governments to manage short-term vacation rentals in their communities. Reasonable regulations, when needed, balance the needs of the local year-round workforce and providing places for visitors to stay.
Local government is best positioned to know the unique needs of their community when discussing zoning issues. Local officials are the decision makers closest to the people. Our local elected leaders are the ones best situated to determine if something needs to be acted upon to maintain the delicate balance between residential and commercial uses, between residents and investment property owners, and to protect the health, safety and welfare of residents, renters and vacation visitors.
The League’s Jennifer Rigterink is our main contact on this issue for our members and the media. Rigterink is a legislative associate for the League handling economic development, land use and municipal services issues. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-908-0305.