CALUMET, Mich. (AP) — A few of Michigan’s smallest cities are seeing ripples from short-term lodging popularized by Airbnb and different web sites.
Calumet is on the Keweenaw Peninsula within the far north of the Higher Peninsula. Brief-term leases got here up at a latest assembly of the village planning fee.
The chairwoman, Colleen Kobe, mentioned the leases should not a permitted use beneath Calumet’s zoning regulation, The Day by day Mining Gazette reported.
“These actually should not be occurring there,” Kobe mentioned of short-term leases in downtown flats.
And even when the ordinance is modified, Airbnb-style leases may scale back long-term leases and trigger a inhabitants loss, Kobe mentioned.
“The opposite factor, which could not be all that standard,” mentioned Kobe, “is we may begin taxing. That’s what different communities do, the town of Chicago began doing that, as a result of it’s similar to a lodge.”
Planning commissioner Virginia Dwyer mentioned Hancock, 12 miles south, permits short-term leases, however the proprietor should pay for a allow and have a property inspected.
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