The City of Manistee is considering new Airbnb laws for hosts, making several recommendations at a recent meeting. The City hopes these recommendations will clarify the standard of operations for hosts in both residential and commercial districts. 

At its October 1st meeting, the City discussed the following items outlining restrictions on short-term rentals

  • Add short-term rentals to the City’s rental inspection program;
  • Require short-term rentals to register as a business or create a separate license and fee program with the option to revoke licenses based on complaints or the property’s appearance; 
  • Allow condo associations to decide whether they will allow short-term rentals; and
  • Limit the number of short-term rentals in residential districts, but not in commercial districts or the Manistee Downtown Development Authority district. The limit would be informed by the number of short-term rentals currently in the city. 

There has been no final decision on these suggestions, however, we will update the details here as things develop. 

Airbnb Laws in Filer Township

Nearby in Filer Township, short-term rental regulations are now active with the Chapter 35 Ordinance taking effect January 7th. Airbnb hosts must secure a short-term rental license ($500 and valid for one year), undergo a property inspection, and supply their or their property manager’s 24-hour contact near the main entrance of the home.

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