St. Joe Leaders Speak Out Against Short Term Rental Legislation

The St. Joseph City Commission is speaking out against some legislation proposed in Lansing. The bill would stop local governments from regulating short-term rental properties. St. Joe City Manager John Hodgson tells WSJM News municipal governments should be able to control how much residential property is used for vacation housing.

“We’re not very keen on the loss of local control,” Hodgson said. “In our community, we’ve got a long history of looking at short-term rentals and deciding what appropriate regulations might be to protect our neighborhoods, and we’ve come to some conclusions on where they should be allowed and where they shouldn’t be allowed.”

The city commission this week approved a resolution expressing its opposition to the legislation. Identical bills have been introduced in both the state House and Senate by lawmakers from Temperance and Fowlerville, respectively.