Issues & Ideas Forum - "Home Sharing: Michigan’s Next Property Rights Battle" (June 14, 2017)

Renting out the family summer cottage is a common practice in Michigan, but with today’s technologies, it’s easier than ever, empowered by companies like AirBnB, HomeAway, VRBO and more. These short-term rentals mean vacationers can find a place much more easily and inexpensively, while owners can earn some extra money. It seems like a win-win.

Not everyone agrees. Some in the accommodations and tourism industries aren’t happy with the increased competition and are advocating for limiting people’s rights to rent out their homes. Some homeowner associations are pushing back as well. And while cities like Detroit and Grand Rapids have embraced it, some local governments have restricted and even banned this practice.

In Lansing, the Legislature has introduced bills in the House and Senate that would affirm homeowners rights to use their property for short-term rentals and prevent local governments from banning the practice. This event will feature a panel address the variety of issues raised by home sharing and discuss the proposed solutions.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
11:30 a.m. - Check-in and lunch available
Noon to 1:00 p.m. - Program with Q&A
WHERE: Radisson Lansing Hotel at the Capitol
Michigan II & III
111 North Grand Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933

Registration for this event is closed.

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