Detroit Won’t Enforce Its Maybe-Accidental Ban on Airbnb

Detroit Won’t Enforce Its Maybe-Accidental Ban on Airbnb

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Detroit is backing down from a confusing, maybe accidental ban on some Airbnb use in parts of the city, the Detroit Metro Times reported Friday.

The city told the paper that it wouldn’t enforce a rule that went into effect this week barring residents from listing rooms in their houses on the short-term rental platform in Detroit’s single-family and two-family residential districts.

Detroit director of Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department David Bell issued a statement countering the regulation:

“Detroit homeowners have been able to rent out a room in their homes for more than 100 years and we don’t believe the new ordinance was intended to take away that right. The ordinance as written appears to ban all homeowners from having even their own friends and relatives stay at their homes if that friend or relative is paying them rent. The public was never told that was intended. I have asked the law department to review this question and give BSEED guidance,” …

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