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Even small UP towns grapple with online short-term rentals

Planning commissioner Virginia Dwyer says Hancock, 12 miles south, allows short-term rentals, but the owner must pay for a permit and have a property inspected. Planning commissioner Virginia Dwyer says Hancock, 12 miles south, allows short-term rentals, but the owner must pay for a permit and have a property inspected. | 

Associated Press
Created: October 31, 2021 04:08 PM

CALUMET, Mich. (AP) - Some of Michigan's smallest towns are seeing ripples from short-term lodging popularized by Airbnb and other websites.

Calumet is on the Keweenaw Peninsula in the far north of the Upper Peninsula. Short-term rentals came up at a recent meeting of the village planning commission.

The chairwoman, Colleen Kobe, says the rentals are not a permitted use under Calumet’s zoning law, but they are occurring.

Kobe says even if the ordinance is changed, Airbnb-style rentals could reduce long-term rentals and cause a population loss in Calumet.

Planning commissioner Virginia Dwyer says Hancock, 12 miles south, allows short-term rentals, but the owner must pay for a permit and have a property inspected.

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