Sides Forming In State Effort To Preempt Local Renter Rules

Oct 9, 2017

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A fight is brewing at the state Capitol over whether the Legislature should preempt local rules on expensive rental properties.  

Local governments and neighbors say short-term vacation rentals are changing the character of neighborhoods.  The battle is getting particularly fierce in Great Lakes shoreline communities where rental properties can go for thousands of dollars a week.  

Lucy Welch lives in Spring Lake on the Lake Michigan shoreline.  She says neighbors recently started renting out their home to vacationers.

“It’s like a fraternity party at night and during the day, it’s like living next to a resort.” 

Landlords and rental agencies say local governments should not be able to tell homeowners what to do with their property.  

A hearing on the bills is expected later this month. 

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