Legislative fight intensifies over short-term rental bills

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LANSING, Mich (AP) - A fight is looming in Lansing over short-term housing rentals. It pits homeowners against lobbyists concerning legislation allowing the rentals in all residential zones and prohibit treating them differently through zoning.

The bills are being pushed by the Michigan Realtors group, which accuses municipalities of trampling on property rights with overly restrictive and unfair rules. On the other side are lodging, tourism and local officials who worry about the unrestrained growth of short-term vacation rentals through online platforms such as Airbnb.

Supporters and opponents are mobilizing ahead of potential legislative hearings this fall. The Realtors are running ads across the state. Tourism and local leaders held a news conference in recent days to express their "deep concerns" with the legislation.

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