Ordinance sets occupancy limits for South Haven rental homes

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SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — A new ordinance limiting the number of people staying in rental homes in South Haven has been approved.

The South Haven City Council approved a short term rental ordinance at a meeting Monday night.

The plan distinguished between homes that are already being used as rentals and new homes that would become rentals in the future.

For homes already being used as rentals, capacity will be determined using a formula based on the number of bedrooms, not to exceed 16 people. New rentals would use the same formula, but would be limited to 12 people.

The limit on the number of occupants will not take effect until January 2017.

The changes include a registration requirement for rental properties. City official hopes to use data gathered on the rental homes this year to better analyze what properties are being used as rentals and where they are located.

The ordinance also addresses noise and behavior concerns raised by neighbors. Under the ordinance, a property owner can have their ability to operate revoked for frequent violations.

In February, 24 Hour News 8 spoke to one of the residents worried that oversized homes could ruin the neighborhood and push full-time residents out of South Haven.

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