Michigan Cities are Banning People From Renting Out Their Property [Michigan Capitol Confidential]:
"While cities like Detroit and Grand Rapids have largely embraced short-term rentals, that’s not the case everywhere, meaning that this property rights issue has come to the forefront.
Home sharing — where people rent out their residential property through companies like Airbnb and HomeAway — has become increasingly popular in Michigan.
And some municipalities are fighting back by banning the practice.
...Page pointed out that short-term rental properties are often second homes, which are taxed at a higher significant rate than homesteaded properties.
The additional tax base of second-home properties plays a vital role in the tourism economies of some towns.
Despite the benefits, this practice has some opponents.
Hotels and members of the accommodations and tourism industry don’t like the competition.
And some residents and homeowners associations don’t like the flow of people coming through the neighborhood.
These groups have encouraged local government officials to charge excess fees or even ban these rentals.
That’s happened in Traverse City, Grand Haven and elsewhere..."