Vacation rental bans under state scrutiny

Lansing — A battle is brewing at the Michigan Capitol over Airbnb and other short-term rental properties, pitting the rights of owners against local restrictions inspired by neighbors’ nuisance complaints.

Separate bills introduced in the state House and Senate would prohibit local governments from enacting zoning ordinances that ban or restrict owners from renting out homes or condominiums for less than 28 days at a time.

Short-term rentals, traditionally popular in vacation and tourism areas, have gained traction across the state and country through websites like Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway, which collect fees for connecting owners with paid renters.

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