South Haven extends rental homes registration

Southwest Michigan
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SOUTH HAVEN, MIch. (WOOD) — Short-term rental homeowners in South Haven will have more time to designate what type of rental property they have under the city’s new rules.

Earlier this month, South Haven adopted new regulations requiring rental home owners to identify their property as a business or personal short-term rental, based on how often the property is rented.

The key differences include:

  • Personal short-term rentals can be rented up to six times a year for a maximum of 28 days altogether; business rentals are unlimited
  • Personal short-term rentals must pass inspection every two years; business short-term rentals are inspected annually
  • Proposed fees are $100 for personal short-term rentals and $500 for business short-term rentals. (Covers inspection and oversight)
  • A property owner is limited to one personal short-term rental in the city, but may have several business short-term rentals
  • Personal short-term rentals are based on city code, but occupancy tops out at 12 people.

South Haven rolled out the rental property rules in response to complaints about strangers staying in neighborhoods. The city also claimed housing rentals are decreasing school enrollment, making housing unaffordable and increasing noise and traffic, although others disagreed.

Initially, the city said property owners would have until Dec. 17 to designate the type of rental property, but has since extended that deadline to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31.

South Haven officials warn there will be “saturation controls” to limit new business short-term rentals, but those restrictions won’t apply to the first round of designated rental properties.

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