Feeding frenzy on rentals in West Michigan

Dale P. Zahn | Holland Sentinel

There seems to be a feeding frenzy in West Michigan on rentals, short-term rentals in particular.

The West Michigan Lakeshore Association of REALTORS believes in a fair balance with the private property rights of all taken into consideration, not just the few with their private “war stories” that are few and far between. There seems to be a misguided perception that renters are all bad, that landlords are somehow bad. This could not be further from the truth. We live and work and play in an area others come to visit and enjoy while enhancing our local economy. If these continued talks and proposals for banning rentals significantly or all together in such places as Spring Lake Township, Ferrysburg the City of Grand Haven, gain momentum, “West Michigan As A Great Place To Call Home” could forever be changed – and not for the better.

Has it been considered that such bans will stem the flow of visitors to our region? We think not. Has it been considered this is but another example of governmental overreach into the lives of private property owners, residents of the townships? We think not.

WMLAR strives for fairness and promoting our great region. Members live here and work here, their kids go to school here and they worship here. All have rights. If there are bad-acting tenants or property owners they should be dealt with under current law. Report the perps, turn them in but stop short of what we feel are bans that go way too far which have been created by the few to affect the many. What’s next in terms of governmental overreach? These are scary things to consider.

Over the years, WMLAR has worked cooperatively and desires to continue working cooperatively with the cities and townships in our area, but the time has come to draw the line in the sand and work to put an end to the frenzy that looms and is placing a dark cloud over the place we call a “Great Place To Call Home.” We do not need such negativity.