Protect Michigan tourism and your neighborhood

Short-term rental units leased through services such as Airbnb or VRBO don’t follow the same guest safety regulations or pay the same taxes as the rest of the industry – that’s not fair, and it’s bad for Michigan.

Bills introduced by Michigan lawmakers would give these short-term rentals unfair advantages over existing Michigan hotels and other lodging businesses while threatening public safety and denying local leaders and residents a say in where the growing number of short-term rentals belong in their communities. The bills would:

  • Help short-term rentals avoid their fair share of taxes by categorizing short-term rental properties as “residential use” instead of a “commercial lodging use” like hotels and bed and breakfasts.
  • Restrict the ability of local communities and neighborhoods to address short-term rentals by undermining choices that are inherently local, such as residential zoning as determined by local residents and locally elected officials.

Make sure your community – not just the state Legislature – has a say on how to address short-term rentals.

Tell Michigan lawmakers to oppose House Bill 4503 and Senate Bill 329

 

Hear why Michiganders oppose short-term rentals

Bed & Breakfast Owner Mike Venturini
“Everyone should be on the same page, follow the same rules. And they’re not that hard to follow.”

 

Fire Chief Greg Janik

“Some of the homes we couldn’t even get near with a fire engine because there were so many cars. Safety is our biggest concern.”

 

Homeowner Lucy Welch

“It was very disruptive. It’s like living next to a skate park during the day and a fraternity house at night.”

 


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