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Why you can't find an Airbnb rental in Detroit

• Feb 13, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Believe or not, Detroit is still a very hot tourist destination, but city officials are making it more difficult for you to stay there as well as allowing its residents to offer places to stay.

In a Feb. 9 post for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s blog, Jarrett Skorup said Detroit City Council recently banned city homeowners from offering short-term rentals through services such as Airbnb.

“Skyscrapers for large corporations and new arenas for wealthy owners of pro sports teams? The Detroit City Council has you covered. But if you want to live, work, visit or send your kids to school in the city, your endeavor is very difficult,” he wrote.

Skorup says more than 47,000 visitors to Detroit used such online vacation rental services last year for a total of $5.2 million — “and no doubt spending millions more at local businesses and restaurants.”

Read the complete post and check out related posts about the short-term rental issue: “Airbnb Ban the Latest in Detroit’s Short-sighted Thinking.”

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