Local Government Law Bulletin January 30, 2023 Alexander P. Henderson

Legislative Update: Short-Term Rental Bill Expires

In the 2021-2022 session of the Michigan Legislature, a bill was introduced that, if enacted, would have established short-term rentals as a permitted use in all residential zones in every municipality throughout the state.  The bill, being “House Bill 4722,” had gained a considerable amount of attention from local government officials and advocacy groups because it would have had the effect of usurping local control over the issue of short-term rentals and applying a statewide policy that would allow for the proliferation of short-term rentals in areas where they are currently restricted by municipal ordinances.  Although House Bill 4722 was passed by the House, and received a recommendation for approval by the Senate’s Regulatory Reform Committee, the bill was never voted upon by the whole Senate before the end of the legislative session, and has thus expired.  However, it is possible that an identical or similar bill could be introduced in the 2023-2024 legislative session.  The Mika Meyers’ municipal attorneys will continue to monitor legislative developments and will provide an update if any legislation affecting municipal control over short-term rentals is introduced.

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