It appears one of our straying pachyderm within Lansing’s Recucklican Majority believes that an ever overreaching State government knows best for how your local community functions than you– the homeowner.
Local bans on short-term rentals in Michigan could be barred themselves under controversial legislation being considered by a Republican-controlled state House committee.
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance, said the local zoning rules created to ban short-term rentals such as those available through Airbnb, Homeaway and VRBO infringe on private property rights and are an abuse of Michigan’s Zoning Enabling Act.
Now, bare in mind folks, this is the same jagoff that wants to ban boating for the majority of a 24 hour day on all inland lakes. Sell that one in a Pure Michigan ad campaign? Yah, Jason is a real deep thinker.
Furthermore, I smell a rat.
“This is talking about investment property,” said Suzanne Schultz, director of design, development and community engagement in Grand Rapids. “This is talking about equity firms owning multiple properties and leasing them out at the sake of our neighborhoods.”
But real estate agents and short-term rental owners said the option allows Michiganians to hold onto a second home during economic downturns or earn a supplemental income on a home they don’t use year round. The short-term rentals also boost tourism and out-of-state travel to Michigan.
Well, lo and behold. Meet Senior Associate, Jason Sheppard, from Signature Associates reality. Congratulations on the 10 year anniversary, you schmuck.
Now, what every homeowner dreads happening to them.
Spring Lake Township resident Lucy Welch took a less rosy view of the transient population occupying homes near her.
“Rentals are not visitors to neighborhoods,” Welch said. “They’re strangers. They’re people we don’t know.”
Damn right. Communities become transient shitholes. Roughly the same time Jason Sheppard hired into Signature Associates, watched it happen in the City of Dearbornistan, when its housing stock became 30% – 40% rental, entire blocks went to hell and its schools turn ghetto. Took a beating on selling the house as well but, happy to be away from there.
HB 4046 of 2019 should be dead in committee or, defeated if Republicans want to remain a majority.