State Rep. Andrew Fink, of Adams Township, joined his House colleagues in approving legislation to create consistency in the way all short-term rentals are treated across Michigan.
The bill defines a short-term rental as the rental of any single-family residence, one-to-four family house or dwelling unit, or any unit or group of units in a condominium, for fewer than 30 consecutive days at a time.
The demand for lodging in Michigan’s tourist towns has caused short-term rentals to spike in popularity over the past decade. Home-sharing sites such as Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway and others that allow homeowners to connect with individuals looking for short-term lodging have contributed heavily to this trend.
House Bill 4722 outlines parameters for short-term rental regulation, establishing a clear process for both communities and homeowners. It allows a municipality to restrict limit the number of homes within a jurisdiction to be used as short-term rentals to 30 percent. Further, a municipality may limit the number of homes being used as short-term rentals to two per owner.
“This plan ensures certainty for private property owners across the state while maintaining some flexibility for municipalities over the planning and zoning of their communities,” Fink said. “I do not support extensive bans that some Michigan communities have issued on short-term rentals because they infringe on the private property rights of citizens. We must end these bans and restore the rights of Michigan families – that’s what this plan will accomplish.”
The plan also addresses the need for communities to be able to take action when big corporations scoop up large numbers of homes to rent out, effectively acting as hotels without having to abide by safety standards or pay taxes like hotels.
The plan received bipartisan support and now moves to the Senate for further consideration.
The Michigan House today unanimously approved a plan from State Reps. Steve Johnson and Andrew Fink to make legislative agencies, state employees and officials more accountable and transparent to the people they serve.