Our State Legislators appear to be acting as lobbyists for the rental industry!
The Michigan House of Representatives has passed HB 4722, so the short-term rental issue now falls on the State Senate for eventual passage.
This legislation will require no less than 30 percent of the total houses in each zoning district be eligible for short-term rental (STR) statewide. Neighborhoods or zoning areas can’t opt-out, if property owners pursue their option of STR. Michigan could become the rental state, to the detriment of hotels, neighborhoods, cities, and schools.
The proposed law defines STR as not “commercial”. HB 4722 is, in my view, a Trojan horse, a forced mixed zoning scheme that will soon bring other types of entities or businesses into our neighborhoods that are redefined by the legislators as not “commercial”. This law could also push out older and less resilient property owners and long-term renters.
A neighbor’s “right” to rent their property could trump any other property owner’s rights, including quiet and peaceful enjoyment and having a safe and drug-free neighborhood, if this legislation becomes law.
Additionally, vacant rental units, especially in the off-season, could invite squatters or a criminal element.