Grosse Pointe Shores is small community without much history of rentals. Due to the slow economy, the city council is afraid people unable to sell will turn to renting. They fear too many rentals will cause problems and lower values even more. Minimum rental period is 1 year.
One recent candidate stated: "I have supported and passed the strictest rental/lease ordinance in the Grosse Pointes making sure Grosse Pointe Shores never becomes a transient community."
Rental properties have proliferated in the Pointes recently due to the dismal housing market.
In December, responding to complaints over transient renters who produce a high turnover rate in rental properties, the Grosse Pointe Shores council extended the minimum rental period from one month to 12 months.
The planning commission recommended a six month period, but the council felt a stronger message needed to be sent to landlords and tenants and approved the 12 month minimum.
Linda Walton, Grosse Pointe Shores council member, voted against the Shores ordinance because she feared that property owners would be stuck with two homes because they could not sell their old house.
Hartmann cited a number of rentals that have occurred recently. In a letter she circulated, she said short-term rentals "will most certainly bring down property values.
"What we don't want is a neighborhood of motels."... more