Michigan House Bill 4722, sponsored by Representative Sarah Lightner would amend the Michigan Zoning Act to clarify that short-term rentals are residential nature. The change in law will protect the use of short-term rentals from an out-right ban through local government zoning. Amending the Michigan Zoning Act would finally establish a meaningful definition of short-term rental as a permitted residential use. The language designates “short-term rental” as a single-family residence, a dwelling unit in a 1-to-4 family house, or any unit or group of units in a condominium complex, for terms of 30 consecutive days or less.
The bill was taken up by the House Committee on Commerce and Tourism in May and passed out of committee on May 25 but has since stalled on the House floor with no further action. A Senate version, SB 0446, was also introduced in May and has stalled in the Committee of the Whole. At the time of this writing, no action is expected until the legislature comes back from its summer recess.