It is crucial that if you’re considering purchasing any property, especially one for potential short-term rental, you carefully check all city and county regulations to ensure compliance. On average, I receive calls at least once a month from individuals who bought properties through other realtors, believing they could use them for short-term rentals, only to discover they either cannot do so or face significant limitations due to local ordinances.

We consistently advocate at the local and county levels for property owners’ rights to utilize their properties as they see fit, as long as it doesn’t impinge on the quiet enjoyment of their neighbors. It’s imperative to slow down and conduct thorough due diligence. Regularly, potential buyers approach us interested in a property, only to realize through a regulations check that local ordinances prevent them from using it as they intended.

The Greater Lakes Association of Realtors has compiled a useful page containing links to every city, township, and colony website. While it’s ultimately the responsibility of each property owner to ensure proper licensing and code compliance, we work closely with them throughout the process.

I wanted to share these links so that individuals currently in the market for vacation rental properties can conduct their own investigations as properties become available. However, please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime. We liaise daily with counties and maintain regular communication with various townships. Nevertheless, every new purchase necessitates a double-check on regulations, and it’s vital for buyers to grasp that regulations can evolve.

We are actively expanding our network of like-minded individuals interested in advocating for the short-term rental industry. Additionally, we have connections with national organizations and aspire to get the momentum in our favor, focusing on education and self-regulation rather than facing further regulatory constraints stemming from misunderstandings, inadequate education, mismanagement, etc.

I hope you find these pages helpful, and please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.