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Supporters win court injunction stopping a ban on short-term rentals in Park Township

Lake Macatawa
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Township officials cannot stop property owners from renting out their homes while the two sides fight it out in court. Supporters of short-term rentals think it’s a good sign for their upcoming case.

Friday, an Ottawa County Circuit Court judge ruled in favor of the Park Township Neighbors, a group of more than 100 short-term rental owners and supporters. That means the township cannot enforce a ban that prohibits homeowners from renting out their properties for periods of less than 28 days.

Whether to allow such short-term rentals is an ongoing issue in the lakeshore community near Holland, which includes Holland State Park. As the two sides battle over how to regulate such rentals in areas zoned “residential”, township officials enacted a ban, saying they received noise and nuisance complaints from residents frustrated over unruly guests staying in the rentals.

Friday’s preliminary injunction only temporarily lifts that ban until an upcoming hearing next year.

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