July 2020

An informative e-newsletter for the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

“Lease” versus “Management Agreement” in Short-Term Rentals

Lease versus Management Agreement

By Chelsey L. Marsh, Dickinson Wright PLLC

With demand for vacation rentals growing, many homeowners have seized the opportunity to fulfill travelers’ needs by renting their properties for short terms. However, an influx of out-of-town guests is frequently opposed by area residents, and a number of condominium associations have amended their bylaws to restrict such short-term rentals.

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Zoning Ordinance Language May Prohibit Short-Term Rentals

Zoning Ordinance Language

John J. Kelly, Bodman PLC

Some local governments may prohibit the use of single-family residences as short-term rental properties depending upon the statutory construction of their zoning ordinance, according to a June 5, 2020 Michigan Supreme Court Order. Reaume v. Township of Spring Lake, 943 NW2d 394 (2020) (Mem).

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