Examining short-term rental limits in Ludington

March 2, 2019

Web companies, such as Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway, collect fees for connecting property owners with short-term renters. These sites facilitate the business of homeowners renting out rooms in their houses — or their entire houses — to vacationers looking to stay somewhere other than in a hotel or other traditional rental unit.

Ludington’s City Code restricts rental stays of less than 28 days to only be allowed in traditional vacation rental units — specifically hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, boutique hotels and condos — placing some obstacles in the way of anyone wishing to short-term rent their property using sites like Airbnb.

Landlord Ryan Reed is asking the city to amend the existing ordinance in order to make the Downtown Development Authority area, — which includes the central business district and parts of the maritime commercial zone — exempt from it, so that downtown property owners could short-term rent their spaces without those restrictions.

“We need to look at a policy change, an ordinance change, that addresses the specific needs within the DDA,” Reed told the Building and Licenses Committee during a meeting Thursday.

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