Survey Results for Your State Lawmakers on Short-Term Rental Issue
As part of the ongoing effort to get reasonable legislation passed on the short-term rental issue, the Michigan Municipal League has put together a survey for local communities to have their constituents fill out.
Per a request from one of our members, the League has crafted this five-question survey to gauge local public opinion on the regulation of vacation rentals through sites like Airbnb and VRBO. As you know, one bill (HB 4722) pending in state Senate would allow up to 1 in 3 homes in a community to be used as vacation rental properties. Please share this survey link (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5MJSNSH) with your residents, businesses, and supporters. Suggested ways to share the survey with your constituents include email outreach, your social media sites, or regular communications you do with your citizens through newsletters, utility bills, your websites, etc.
The League will collect the results and provide the data to the local governments so that they, in turn, can share the survey results with their state lawmakers.
Here is some language you can provide your citizens in sharing this survey:
Michigan lawmakers are currently debating legislation that would put certain restrictions on how local governments like ours regulate short-term vacation rentals like Airbnb and VRBO properties. Our community is seeking feedback on the proposed law so that we can provide the survey results to our legislative leaders in Lansing. Go to this link to learn more about the proposed legislation and then fill out the five-question survey. Thank you for your time and input on this important local issue.
Please note, that while this short-term rental issue may not be a high concern in your community, the proposed law—House Bill 4722—has a precedent-setting, wide-ranging impact on all communities, particularly its preemption of local control.
We hope you share this survey with your constituents. Thank you for your help on this important issue.