A collage featuring a variety of housing types.

Short-Term Rental Policy Options for Local Communities

Michigan communities are facing challenges in meeting their housing needs and goals as shown by Michigan’s Statewide Housing Plan. For many communities, solving the housing puzzle includes policies to address short-term rentals (STRs). STRs can fill a local or regional gap in visitor housing and offer an alternative type of lodging that is in demand to leisure and business travelers alike. According to the STR data and analytics provider AirDNA, the supply of STRs in the US saw large increases in 2022 and more modest increases in 2023. These increases in the number of dwellings being used for STRs have caused some Michigan communities to review their plans and policies around STRs to ensure they reflect the community’s vision and needs. 

This 2-hour program will begin by exploring trends and research related to STRs as well as where local communities can find data to examine their own local situation. This will be followed by an overview of policy approaches, regulatory tools, enforcement, and key STR court cases. The program will highlight several Michigan examples of community regulatory approaches to STRs. 

This program will be offered at 4 separate locations in May (please see the dates and locations below). 

Master Citizen Planners (MCPs) can report 1.5 continuing education hours for attending. 

The cost of the program is $30 ($20 for MCPs).

Presented in Partnership with the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region

May 14, 2024
6-8 p.m. ET
Village Office
315 Quartz St., Ontonagon, MI 49953

May 16, 2024
5:30-7:30 p.m. ET
Portage Lake District Library
58 Huron St., Houghton, MI 49931 

May 29, 2024
6-8 p.m. CT
West Iron District Library
16 W Genesee St., Iron River, MI 49935

May 30, 2024
6-8 p.m. CT
Memorial Building
213 S Marquette St., Ironwood, MI 49938


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information contact, Will Cronin at croninwi@msu.edu or 906-281-7270.